Nairobi, Feb 19 – United Nations Secretary-General AntónioGuterres has informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

Ms. Andersen is currently serving as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a post she has held since 2015.

She previously held various leadership positions at the World Bank and UN, most recently as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank and Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research Fund Council.

If confirmed, Ms. Andersen will replace Erik Solheim of Norway who resigned last November following criticism over his frequent travel at substantial cost to UNEP.