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Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim Delivers Speech at Tsinghua

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim Delivers Speech at Tsinghua


The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Erik Solheim, visited Tsinghua University and delivered a speech to The Tsinghua Forum to share his insights on global environmental governance and the role of youth on December 11th.

The Executive Director of UNEP mentioned in his speech that the world needs China’s leadership in several areas including: counteracting air pollution, building green cities, and reducing as well as recycling plastic waste. He also noted that we need the dedication of young people for the changes to happen in the near future.

Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Solheim was the chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). From 2007 to 2012, he held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, and from 2005 to 2007 served as Minister of International Development.
(By Jack Chang GLASGOW)