Achim Steiner (Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow) is to lead the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), following his nomination by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The programme works in more than 170 countries to support sustainable development and democratic government as well as eradicate poverty.
In a statement on the Oxford Martin School website, Mr Steiner said: ‘The opportunity to lead UNDP is a tremendous responsibility, particularly with the priority given by member states to delivery of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which will be a key platform for addressing global priorities. We live in a time of significant challenges for international relations, for development finance and the environment and I believe that with Secretary-General Gutteres and his team, the United Nations has a vital role to play in the field of sustainable development. I am honoured to have been invited to lead UNDP as part of this effort.’