The United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Mr Achim Steiner as  Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a four-year term, and subsequently for a further four years in 2010.  Following the decision of the 68th General Assembly of United Nations, Mr Steiner’s mandate has been extended for two years up to June 2016.

From March 2009 to May 2011, he was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Before joining UNEP, Mr Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. His professional career has included assignments with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in different parts of the world including India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA, Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya. He worked both at grassroots level as well as at the highest levels of international policy-making to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.