UNEP claims small victory in marine debris

UNEP claims small victory in marine debris

HONOLULU, March 28 (UPI) -- World governments and some of the largest companies in the world came together in Hawaii to make commitments to reduce marine debris, UNEP said.
U.N. wants water, biofuel balance

U.N. wants water, biofuel balance

NAGOYA, Japan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Water used for the production of crops used for biofuels may create more problems than are solved, a U.N. environmental study found.

U.N. sounds alarm over fishing

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 (UPI) -- An overhaul of the global fishing sector is needed to prevent the depletion of fish stocks, U.N. environmental officials warned in Kenya.

U.N. deflects climate-change criticism

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scientific evidence from the environmental community suggests global warming trends are the result of human activity, a U.N. official said in Ankara.

U.N. climate scientist defends report

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A United Nations scientist struck back at climate change critics Saturday, saying the great weight of science still supports the findings of a landmark report.

U.N. to help Kenya restore ecosystem

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations said it will support Kenya in its appeal for funds to restore the Mau Forest Complex, an area critical to its development.

Chinese photographer named 'Climate Hero'

BEIJING, June 5 (UPI) -- A Chinese nature photographer is the first from his country to be named a "Climate Hero" by the United Nations Environment program.

The Maldives joins U.N. climate initiative

MALE, Maldives, May 5 (UPI) -- The Maldives has joined a U.N. initiative promoting a global shift to low-carbon economies and societies, the United Nations said Tuesday.

U.N. unit releases 'green deal' policy

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 20 (UPI) -- The head of the U.N. Environment Program, based in Nairobi, Kenya, called on nations to invest heavily in a new "green economy."

Russia relocating two Sochi venues

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (UPI) -- Russia Monday agreed to relocate the sites for the bobsled and luge tracks for the 2014 Winter Olympics, U.N. environmental officials said Monday.

U.N. sponsors climate change meeting

VALENCIA, Spain, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Government officials and scientists from around the world meet in Spain this week for a U.N. conference that will result in a report on global climate change.

U.N. seeks global pact to curb mercury

BANGKOK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Worldwide government leaders meeting in Bangkok have been asked to step up efforts to develop an international agreement curbing mercury.

U.N. sets up environmental think tank

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The U.N. Environment Program in Paris has established a resource management think tank expected to take on a number of environmental issues.

U.N. report says planet at risk

PARIS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations says climate change, the rate of extinction of species and the challenge of feeding a growing population are putting the Earth at risk.

Report says man causing global warming

PARIS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Human activity is the source of global warming, said a major scientific report on greenhouse gas emissions issued by a United Nations panel in Paris Friday.
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Achim Steiner
Susan Solomon (3L), speaks to journalists during a press conference at UNESCO in Paris, February 2, 2007, as from L to R: IPCC WGI co-chair Dahe Qin; IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri; the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Michel Jarraud and the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, look on. The UN climate panel issued its strongest warning yet that human activities are heating the planet, adding pressure on governments to do more to combat accelerating global warming. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Achim Steiner (born 1961 in Brazil) is a German expert in environmental politics. From 2001 to 2006 he was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Since June 2006 he has been Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Acting on the nomination of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN General Assembly unanimously elected Steiner as the Executive Director of UNEP on 16 March 2006 for a four-year term, effective 15 June 2006. In this office he succeeded Klaus Töpfer. He became the fifth Executive Director in UNEP's history. Effective as of 1 March 2009, Achim was also appointed Director-General of the UN Offices at Nairobi (UNON).

At its 83rd plenary meeting, on 22 April 2010, the General Assembly, on the proposal of the Secretary-General, re-elected Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for another four-year term of office beginning on 15 June 2010 and ending on 14 June 2014.

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