Achim Steiner

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Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner Oxford Martin School.jpg
Born 17 May 1961 (1961-05-17) (age 57)
Carazinho, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian, German
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
SOAS, University of London
Harvard Business School

Achim Steiner (born 17 May 1961) is an environmentalist, of Brazilian-German ancestry, who currently serves as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Before joining UNDP, he was Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP (2006–2016), and director of the Oxford Martin School (2016–2017). He has also served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams.

Early life and education

The son of a German farmer who had emigrated to Rio Grande do Sul,[1] Achim Steiner was born in Brazil in 1961 and holds German as well as Brazilian citizenship. He went to school in Carazinho and at Dover College.[2] He obtained a bachelor's degree from Worcester College of the University of Oxford and an master's degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, specializing in development economics, regional planning, international development and environmental policy. He also studied at the German Development Institute and the Harvard Business School. [3]

Career

Steiner started his career in 1989 at the Rural Regional Development Department, GIZ, in Germany. From 1991 to 1997 he worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Southern Africa and Washington, D.C. He was Chief Technical Adviser of the Mekong River Commission (1997–1998) before becoming Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams. In 2001 he returned to IUCN as Director-General.[4]

United Nations Environment Programme, 2006–2016

Acting on the nomination of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Steiner Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a four-year term. At the time, he was not nominated by a Member State, but prevailed over candidates such as Børge Brende of Norway and Rajendra K. Pachauri of India.[5] His mandate was later extended twice, this time on the proposal of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Secretary-General appointed Steiner as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), where he served from March 2009 to May 2011. Within the UN system he also chaired the High-level Committee on Programmes of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination and the United Nations Environment Management Group. On 3 May 2016, Ban Ki-moon announced that the post of Executive Director of UNEP would be taken over by Erik Solheim in June 2016.[6]

Oxford Martin School, 2016–2017

Upon leaving UNEP, Steiner was appointed director of the Oxford Martin School, a post he took up in September 2016.[7] In addition to his role at the University of Oxford, Steiner was appointed Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement by the Federal Government of Germany in October 2016.[8]

In late 2015, Reuters reported that Steiner was one of three candidates shortlisted to succeed António Guterres as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, alongside Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark, Jasmine Whitbread of the United Kingdom, and Filippo Grandi of Italy;[9][10] the post eventually went to Grandi.[11]

United Nations Development Programme, 2017–present

In April 2017, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Steiner as the programme's new Administrator.[12] On 19 April 2017, the United Nations General Assembly confirmed him for a four-year term.

Other activities

Honours and awards

Awards

Honorary degrees

References

  1. ^ Michael McCarthy (8 April 2012), Achim Steiner: 'We haven't even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet' The Independent.
  2. ^ Michael McCarthy (8 April 2012), Achim Steiner: 'We haven't even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet' The Independent.
  3. ^ "Biography of Achim Steiner". UNDP. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Profile of Achim Steiner". weforum. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  5. ^ SHORTLIST OF CANDIDATES FOR POST OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) United Nations, press release of 3 March 2006.
  6. ^ "Secretary-General Announces Intention to Appoint Erik Solheim of Norway as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme". UNEP. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "New Director for the Oxford Martin School". Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Envoy of the Chair: Achim Steiner Platform on Disaster Displacement.
  9. ^ Louis Charbonneau and Tom Miles (8 October 2015), U.N.'s Ban rejects calls to keep refugee chief amid crisis Reuters.
  10. ^ Somini Sengupta (11 November 2015), Veteran Italian Diplomat at U.N. to Get Top Refugee Post The New York Times.
  11. ^ UN appoints Filippo Grandi as next high commissioner for refugees The Guardian, 12 November 2015.
  12. ^ Secretary-General Nominates Achim Steiner of Germany as Administrator of United Nations Development Programme United Nations, press release of 18 April 2017.
  13. ^ Bundeskanzlerin beruft Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung neu German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), press release of 26 October 2016
  14. ^ Sustainability and Legacy Commission International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  15. ^ Director: Achim Steiner Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.
  16. ^ Council Agora Verkehrswende.
  17. ^ Envoy of the Chair: Achim Steiner Platform on Disaster Displacement.
  18. ^ Global Advisory Committee Earth Day Network.
  19. ^ Advisory Board The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).
  20. ^ Director: Achim Steiner Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.
  21. ^ Director: Achim Steiner Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.
  22. ^ National German Sustainability Award Archived 20 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Executive Director Biography". UNEP. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

External links

  • Interview with Achim Steiner
  • Official website of UNEP
  • Biography at Oxford Martin School
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Helen Clark
Administrator of the
United Nations Development Programme

2017–present
Incumbent
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