Inger Andersen, a Danish economist and former head of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, has been appointed as executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
The UN General Assembly approved Andersen last week, following her nomination by António Guterres, the secretary general. She replaces Erik Solheim, who resigned last November following revelations in the press over his travel budget and questions over his handling of internal governance rules.
Andersen has more than three decades of experience in the development sector, including a spell as the vice president for the Middle East and North Africa region at the World Bank, and as vice president for sustainable development at the International Agricultural Research Fund Council.
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