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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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