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The UN Environment Director will depart in connection with travel expenses

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, is listening on the audience at a symposium on World…

The UN’s environmental director issued Tuesday after receiving the results of an audit allegedly found that he spent almost $ 500,000 on trips in less than two years.

U.N. Environment (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim, a former Norwegian diplomat, said in a statement that he had received the final reports of the revision of his official travel by the United Nations Office for Internal Monitoring Services (OIOS) and declined.

“It is my most sincere hope that this proves to be in the best of the United Nations environment and the wider UN,” he said.

The review has not yet been released by OIOS, but The Guardian reported in September a draft audit that found that he travels in 529 days of the 668 days reviewed and spent $ 488,518 on travel. The audit was reportedly particularly critical for his frequent flight – including a weekend trip from the United States to France and back. It found that such a journey “poses a reputation for the organization, especially [given] that UNEP should be a leader in sustainable environmental issues.”

It was also found that he had “no regard to comply with the set of rules and rules” and claimed unjustified expenses. The audit said that Solheim did not motivate 76 days spent in Oslo and Paris, and was criticized for the fact that two executives could work unofficially from Paris instead of the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.

Solheim told the outlet that he had paid back money and made changes where the rules had been broken.

“If administrative rules prove to be overlooked, I accept personal responsibility and offer my undue commitment to refine a process that prevents them from happening again,” he said at that time.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Tuesday that he was grateful to Solheim’s service “and acknowledges that he has been a leading voice to draw the world’s attention to critical environmental challenges, including pollution of plastic and circularity. Climate action Environmental protection rights biodiversity; and environmental protection. “

Guterres said vice president Joyce Msuya will act as director while a recruitment process begins for a successor – a process that will involve discussions with the Member States.


The United Nations has been a central arena in the international struggle for environmental rules for years, where there has been a significant launch from the United States In May, the United States rejected the United States a proposal to obtain international environmental legislation under a legally binding treaty in the UN The Global Environmental Convention would consolidate what it called the “fragmented nature of environmental legislation” and “codify” it.

In a statement to Fox News, US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley said that “When international agencies try to force America into vague environmental commitments, it is a sure sign that American citizens and entrepreneurs get stuck pay a large bill without get great benefits. The proposed global compact is not in our interest and we oppose it. “

Fox News Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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