Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). Steiner has served as UNEP Executive Director since 2006; his four-year term was renewed in 2010. By the UNGA's decision on 7 March 2014, Steiner's new term will run from 15 June 2014-14 June 2016.

In his capacity as UNEP Executive Director, Steiner also chairs the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) High-level Committee on Programmes (HLCP), and the UN Environment Management Group (EMG). 

Steiner is a national of Brazil and Germany. Before leading UNEP, he served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). [UNGA Meeting Summary] [Note of UN Secretary-General] [IISD RS Sources] [UNEP Press Release]