Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen (pictured) is the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep).
Andersen, who was nominated for the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and approved by the General Assembly in February, promised greater action on climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution during her four-year tenure.
“I am proud and excited to begin work at the Unep in beautiful Kenya at a critical time for humanity. Good environmental stewardship has never been more important. Climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution in all its forms pose a clear and present danger to human and planetary health, and to prosperity,” she said.
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She takes over from Tanzanian Joyce Msuya, who has served in acting capacity since late last year. Ms Msuya will continue to serve as Deputy Executive Director.
Andersen brings to the role passion for conservation and sustainable development, demonstrated throughout more than 30 years in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making.
Between January 2015 and last month, she was the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Prior to joining IUCN, Andersen held various leadership roles at World Bank.