Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency

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United Nations (United States) (AFP)

Norway's former minister for the environment and international development, Erik Solheim, was appointed on Tuesday to head the UN Environment Programme.

Solheim, 61, worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as head of the development assistance committee.

He served as Norway's minister for the environment and international development from 2007 to 2012.

The former minister will replace Achim Steiner who has been executive director of Nairobi-based UNEP for the past ten years.