Executive Director of UN Environment
Erik Solheim has been Executive Director of UN Environment since 2016. With an extensive career focusing on environment and development, prior to his appointment, Solheim served as chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Between 2007 and 2012, Solheim was Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, and from 2005 to 2007, Minister of International Development. During his time as Minister, Norwegian aid reached 1 percent, the highest in the world. Solheim is also an experienced peace negotiator, having acted as the main facilitator of the peace process in Sri Lanka. Solheim has served as UN Environment’s Special Envoy for Environment, Conflict and Disaster and Patron of Nature for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature since 2012. He has also received a number of awards: UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth award, TIME Magazine’s Hero of the Environment, honorary doctorate from TERI University in India. He is the author of three books.