Achim Steiner

Executive director

United Nations Environment Programme

Achim Steiner is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. From March 2009 to May 2011, he was also Director-General  of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Before joining UNEP, Mr Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006, and before that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. His professional career has included assignments with governmental, non-governmental and international organisations in places including India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, the USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya. He worked both at grassroots level and at the highest levels of international policymaking to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.

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