Inger Andersen will be the new head of the UN environment agency, taking over from Norway’s Erik Solheim, who resigned in November amid a scandal over his travel expenses.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has nominated Inger Andersen of Denmark as Executive Director of UN Environment. Andersen, who heads the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a Danish economist and environmentalist. Prior to joining IUCN in 2015, she held various leadership positions at the World Bank and the UN.
According to AFP, Andersen will take over from Erik Solheim of Norway, who resigned in November following a scandal-wracked tenure. A UN audit found that Solheim had spent close to $500,000 on travel over 22 months. His penchant for globe-trotting led to accusations that he had little regard for the environment or reducing carbon emissions generated by air travel.
AFP further reported that Andersen’s nomination is part of a “push by Guterres to appoint more women to senior UN posts”.
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