Inger Andersen

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme


Inger Andersen was appointed Executive Director of the UNEP by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in February 2019.

Between 2015 and 2019, Ms. Andersen was the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Ms Andersen brings a passion for conservation and sustainable development with more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact. She has played a key role in supporting riparian countries on international water management and hydro diplomacy.

Prior to joining IUCN, Ms Andersen held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations. Most recently, she was Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and previous to that Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council. Throughout Ms Andersen’s 15-year career at the World Bank, her managerial roles focused on water, environment, and sustainable development with special emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Previous to the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the United Nations for 12 years, starting in the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office working on drought and desertification issues, and was then appointed UNDP’s Water and Environment Coordinator for the Arab Region.

Ms Andersen’s educational background includes a BA from London Metropolitan University North and a MA degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with specialisation in development economics.

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Dutch government and Rabobank announce anchor investments in AGRI3 Fund

The USD 1 billion sustainable agriculture and forestry initiative “AGRI3” has been strengthened by two new cornerstone investors. On January 23, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will become an anchor public investor in the AGRI3 Fund by contributing USD 40 million. At the World Economic Forum in Davos Rabobank stated it will match this amount. Together these contributions will mobilize commercial finance, which can be used to finance sustainable agriculture and accelerate forest protection. More

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UNEP, IUCN to launch new €20m programme on ecosystem-based adaptation

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be managing a new €20 million programme to support ecosystem-based adaptation measures. The programme, funded by the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany, builds on the growing recognition of the value of nature-based solutions to solve climate and biodiversity challenges. The new UNEP-IUCN programme will establish a multi-year fund to provide support for ecosystem-based adaptation measures. More

Meeting of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste at COP25

Chemicals are an integral part of our lives. In this room alone, there are probably hundreds, perhaps thousands, of them. They are in the medicines we may be carrying, in the fibres of our clothes, in the paint on the walls. They are part of an industry that the second Global Chemicals Outlook says was worth over 5 trillion US dollars in 2017. More