About: Erik Solheim

UN Environment chief: We shouldn’t wait for the oceans to turn into a plastic swamp

At the latest United Nations environment summit, pollution topped the agenda. The man leading the UN’s quest to clean up the planet hopes this meeting will act as the wake-up call countries need and that the fight will include the world of business.

Circular economy 17-03-2017

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the annual global economy if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released today (16 March).

Climate change 20-12-2016

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face prison, says UN boss

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face tough punishments, including prison sentences, for cheating air pollution rules, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme said today (20 December).

Climate change 03-11-2016

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

Global Europe 17-02-2016

Reform could see more aid money diverted to refugee crisis

Donor countries will adopt new rules on official development assistance on 18 and 19 February. The accounting of costs linked to security, refugees and the fight against extremism will be up for discussion. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 18-02-2015

France pushes for security spending to be recognised as development aid

France spent millions resolving conflicts in Mali and the Central African Republic in 2014. Now Paris is lobbying the OECD to include spending on security and peacekeeping operations in calculations of official development assistance. EURACTIV France reports.

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Development Policy 28-11-2014

OECD to redefine Official Development Assistance

Several European countries are trying to have new types of expenditure defined as Official Development Assistance (ODA), which already includes various forms of "phantom" aid, such as hosting foreign students or receiving refugees. EURACTIV France reports

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Development Policy 21-11-2014

Erik Solheim: ‘If the UK can commit 0.7% of GDP to development, so can France’

The objective for developed countries to dedicate 0.7% of their GNI to development aid is becoming an increasingly important issue. The Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee calls on countries such as France and Germany, but also on emerging countries like China, to increase their efforts. EURACTIV France reports