Lecture to be delivered by UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director
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Mr. Achim Steiner
UNEP Executive Director and

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Honorary Professor of Tongji University

Topic: Stories from Anthropocene

Time14:50-16:00, 26 February 2016

VenueLecture Hall, 4th Floor, Zonghe Building



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

From March 2009 to May 2011, he was also Director-Generalof the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Before joining UNEP, Mr.Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservationof Nature (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that as Secretary General ofthe World Commission on Dams. His professional career has included assignmentswith governmental, non-governmental and international organizations indifferent parts of the world including India, Pakistan, Germany, Zimbabwe, USA,Vietnam, South Africa, Switzerland and Kenya. He worked both at grassrootslevel as well as at the highest levels of international policy-making toaddress the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity andeconomic development.   Mr. Steiner serves on a number ofadvisory councils and boards including as the International Vice Chair of theChina Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development(CCICED).  His work has been recognized for a number of awards such as theTallberg Foundation’s Award for Principled Pragmatism and the Steiger Award for“commitment and important work in the protection of the planet”.  In 2009His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco conferred upon Mr. Steiner thedecoration of Officer of the Order of Saint Charles.

Mr. Steiner, a German and Brazilian national, was born inBrazil in 1961. His educational background includes a BA from the University ofOxford as well as an MA from the University of London with specialization indevelopment economics and policy.  He also studied at the GermanDevelopment Institute in Berlin as well as the Harvard Business School.