United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday named, Achim Steiner of Germany, to head the U.N. Development Programme, replacing former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Mr. Steiner, an environmental and politics expert’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly, which confirmed him as the Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.
UNDP supports countries around the world to eradicate extreme poverty, strengthen good governance and prevent and respond to crises.
“Achim Steiner brings a wealth of experience, expertise and dedication to this hugely important role. I am certain he will make an enduring and positive impact on UNDP’s development work around the world,” President of the UNDP Executive Board, Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN said.
Mr Steiner is a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and the need for unprecedented global cooperation to deliver on this ambitious agenda.
Prior to joining UNDP, Mr Steiner served in roles across the UN, non-government organizations and high-level advisory bodies shaping public policy.
Mr Steiner is currently the Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.