About: Achim Steiner

Agrifood 18-04-2016

Agriculture holds key to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all.
Climate change 21-03-2016

Why Sustainable Finance Holds the Key to Europe’s Recovery

There is an urgent need to channel capital into sustainable infrastructure and innovation that will drive job creation. The race is on leading the way in sustainable finance between Europe and the rest of the world, writes Achim Steiner.
Climate change 26-11-2015

Pope Francis in Africa: Leadership and inspiration in the face of climate change

Pope Francis has said of climate change that “decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity." He is in a powerful position to make that happen, argues Achim Steiner.

Fossil fuel divestment on the agenda at Greens conference

Environmental protestors have met in Paris to discuss how they can undermine the energy industry's investment plans in fossil fuels. Their goal: the drastic reduction of CO2 emissions. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Financing sustainability: Pathways to scale

A business as usual aproach is not enough to bring the estimated $90 trillion required between now and 2030 for critical infrastructure needed in developing countries, writes Achim Steiner. 
Development Policy 19-12-2014

UN boss: Lima was a reality check, and leaders need to step up for Paris

?The differences between how the developed and developing countries view their responsibilities will hinder agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, unless top political leaders provide the momentum needed to drive the talks, says Achim Steiner.
Development Policy 10-06-2014

UN chief: EU has ‘great interest’ in public climate funds

EXCLUSIVE / Europe will benefit as much as Africa, if it uses its public purse to fund climate mitigation and adaptation measures in the developing world, the UN Environment Programme’s executive director has told EURACTIV.
Climate change 13-02-2012

UNEP and the green economy: 40 years in development

Following four decades of UNEP initiatives on the environment and the green economy, attention turns to the Rio+20 summit where the idea of a true green economy could gain flesh and bones, writes Achim Steiner, from UN Environment Programme.
Climate change 01-06-2011

UN environment chief: Historians will rue our ‘tragic moment of indecision’

A new paradigm shift for sustainable and equitable clean growth is needed, according to Achim Steiner, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and governments can start by intervening to end fossil fuel subsidies.

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