U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Inger Andersen as the new head of the U.N. Environment Programme. She replaces Erik Solheim, who resigned in November following an internal audit that revealed excessive travel costs.
Andersen served in various roles focusing on the environment throughout her career. Prior to the appointment, she was director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She also served in various positions at the World Bank, including as vice president for the Middle East and North Africa.