Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme in March 2006. He previously served as Director-General of the World Conservation Union and worked in Southeast Asia as Chief Technical Advisor for sustainable management of the Mekong River programme and community-based natural resources.

The illegal trade in wildlife and timber has escalated rapidly and globally, and now encompasses a wide range of flora and fauna across all continents, including terrestrial and aquatic animals, forests and other plants and their products.

Sustainable development is a core objective for the United Nations family. Through their many and varied activities, all UN organizations contribute to sustainable development in one way or another—through economic development, poverty alleviation, healthcare, peacebuilding, infrastructure support, or environmental protection.

Over the coming weeks and months, the three Special Envoys on climate change appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be making whistle-stop tours of key capital cities to build a solid and sustainable consensus on action over climate change.