Published On: 11-Jun-2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appointing Erik Solheim of Norway as the sixth and latest Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Mr. Solheim is currently Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a post he has held since 2013. From 2007 to 2012, he was Norway's Minister for the Environment and International Development. He also served as Norway's Minister for International Development from 2005 to 2007.
The Chair of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), Bjorn-Erik Lonn, has welcomed the announcement, describing Mr Solheim as "an old friend of ecoolabelling".
“When acting as the Norwegian Minister of Environment, Mr Solheim repeatedly saw and supported the work done by the Nordic Swan for greening both the public procurement and the everyday shopping among consumers in Norway. In his new job he will see that GEN is actively acting for these goals in several of the projects in the UNEP 10 YFP programmes on a more global basis.”