Secretary General nominates Inger Anderson as the new Executive Director of UNEP

Inger Andersen has been nominated by the UN Secretary General to be the next Executive Director of UNEP. She will meet with the regional groupings and then the UN General Assembly will need to confirm the nomination.

At present she is Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in January 2015.

Ms Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact. She has played a key role in supporting riparian countries on international water management and hydro diplomacy.

Prior to joining IUCN, Ms Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations. Most recently, she was Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and previous to that Vice President for Sustainable Development and Hea…

Guest Blog: Erik Solheim: what he got right, what he got wrong, and what the new UN Environment chief should do next

Guest Blog by: Oli Brown  Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House. The original is published here

Make no mistake, when Erik Solheimresigned as head of UN Environment on 20th November 2018, less than two and a half years into what most likely would have been an eight-year tenure, the timing was not of his choosing. The proximate reason for his defenestration was a damning report by the UN’s internal auditors, known as the Office for Internal Oversight Services. The report excoriated his travel expenses, which amounted to nearly $500,000 spent on business-class flights and hotels over the course of 22 months. It also detailed a variety of other eye-catching issues, such as spending nearly 80% of his time out of the organisation’s Kenyan headquarters and relaxing HR rules for favoured staff members.  It is vanishingly rare for Under-Secretary-Generals (USG) in the UN system to be forced out of office. Getting one of those jobs involves extensive lo…

Guest Blog: Closing the Climate Intelligence Gap:

Guest Blog: By Greg Rogers and Charlie Atkins(Full article can be viewed here)

Climate Change, Terrorism and Actionable Intelligence In its final report to Congress in July 2004, the 9/11 Commission likened the threat from terrorism to “global disease or environmental degradation, … challenges that are transnational rather than international,” and recommended steps to unify governmental agencies and information flows, both across the foreign-domestic divide and within the U.S. intelligence community, so that the intelligence community can “assemble the puzzle pieces gathered by different agencies to make some sense of them and then develop a fully informed joint plan.” We posit that climate change and terrorism are alike in that both present uncertainty about the nature, timing and potentially catastrophic severity of future losses caused by inimical forces, and both require collaboration and collective action across national and organizational boundaries to overcome fragmented intel…

Key dates 2019 Sustainable Development

February 25th Registration CLOSES for UNEA4 March 5-8th 50th UN Statistics Commission Oversees the SDG Indicators – the formal review will be in 2020 11-22 UN Commission on Status for Women 7-15 United Nations Environment Assembly 4 – time table here