Dialogue with UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director on Global Environmental Issues and Outlook
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SpeakerMr. Erik Solheim, UN Under-Secretary-General, UNEP Executive Director

Time14:00-15:00 6 September 2016

Venue:Lecture hall, tenth floor, Zonghe Building, Siping Campus, Tongji University

Biography

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     Following an extensive career focusing on environment and development in government and international organizations, Erik Solheim was elected to become Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on May 13, 2016.

     Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As head of the DAC, which is the main body of the world’s development donors, Solheim emphasized the role of private sector and tax in development finance, spearheading the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership and the Addis Tax Initiative. Solheim also focused on the need to channel more aid to least-developed countries, and bring new members and partners to the DAC.

     From 2007 to 2012, Solheim held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, and from 2005 to 2007 served as Minister of International Development. This unique portfolio mixture allowed him to bring a coherent approach to development and the environment.