Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.
As UNDP Administrator, Mr. Steiner also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development.
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Achim Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Achim Steiner was born in Brazil and holds Brazilian and German nationality.
About the UNDP Administrator post
The UNDP Administrator is appointed by the Secretary-General and confirmed by the General Assembly for a term of four years.
Paul G. Hoffman was appointed as the first Administrator of UNDP in 1966 and served until retirement in 1972. David Owen, who led UNDP’s predecessor organization, the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance (EPTA), was appointed as Mr. Hoffman’s Co-Administrator.
Rudolph A. Peterson was appointed Administrator in 1972 followed by Bradford Morse in 1976; William H. Draper lll, 1986; James Gustave Speth, 1993-1999; Mark Malloch Brown, 1999-2005; Kemal Derviş, 2005-2009; and Helen Clark (2009-2017).
- Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, Remarks for the opening panel at the UNGA High-Level Side Event “Collective private sector action for disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery” Sep 19, 2017
- Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, Remarks at Side Event promoting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Sep 18, 2017
- Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, Remarks at UNGA Event 2017 on ‘Small Island Developing States responding to climate impacts and planning for a sustainable future. Leadership, Innovation and Partnership’ Sep 18, 2017
Tribute to Helen Clark – leaves UNDP after eight years as Administrator
Apr 19, 2017
The following is a statement on behalf of President of the UNDP Executive Board, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, on the departure of Helen Clark as Administrator of UNDP.
UNDP Executive Board welcomes appointment of Achim Steiner as new Administrator
Apr 19, 2017
The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.
Secretary-General nominates Achim Steiner of Germany as Administrator of United Nations Development Programme
Apr 18, 2017
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of UNDP, wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.