The UN Development Programme today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization.
Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.
UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories across the world to help them eradicate extreme poverty, strengthen good governance, and prevent and respond to crises.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.
Mr. Steiner is currently Director of Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford since 2016. His professional career includes assignments with Governmental and non-governmental, as well as international organizations in different parts of the world, most recently as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (2009-2011), as well as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (2001-2006) and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams, South Africa (1998-2001).
New York, 18 April 2017
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