Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his appointment following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres. In April 2021, the General Assembly confirmed his appointment to a second four-year term beginning in June 2021.
Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development.
Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. Mr Steiner has served across the United Nations system, looking at global challenges from both a humanitarian and a development perspective. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), helping governments invest in clean technologies and renewable energy. He was also Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Achim Steiner previously held other notable positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.
Achim Steiner has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Pilar Díaz Romero has been the mayor of Esplugues de Llobregat since 2006 and attached to the presidency of the Barcelona Provincial Council, where she also holds the position of Delegate for International Affairs. Currently, she is also Vice President of Localret. She is a telecommunications engineer and a PhD in telecommunications engineering (1994) from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where she has worked as a tenured professor. She was the winner of the Ericsson Prize for the best doctoral thesis in mobile communications in Spain, awarded by the Official College and the Spanish Association of Telecommunications Engineers.
RAINI CHARUKA – Singer, Songwriter, and a Voice trainer for young and upcoming singers She was educated at ‘Susan E Wagner High School, New York, USA in which she graduated with the Highest Regents Gold Diploma and continued her education at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA for Liberal Arts & Sciences (AA/AS) and Delaware State University, Delaware, USA for Aviation & Aviation Management (B.S). She has captured the hearts of the entire younger generation as well as the masses in Sri Lanka regardless of age and gender. North to South, East to West! She is also a strong advocate on water and sanitation – SDG Goal 6 – as an SDG Ambassador with the organization Road to Rights. During the first lockdown she conducted many virtual workshops and initiatives to raise awareness on clean water in Sri Lanka and wrote a song to spread awareness on water conservation: https://youtu.be/mf3NBwwFWho
Comunitarius is a volunteer group of researchers, students and local leaders in Brasilia, Brazil who aim to positively transform cities and improve food security by introducing sustainable urban planting initiatives. The volunteers first identify locations where community members are affected by hunger and poverty. They then host campaigns to obtain donations of seedlings, organic manure, land and basic equipment. In the project’s final stage, volunteers mobilise community members to plant, grow and cultivate their own food. Along with this project empowering community members, it also increasing green spaces in urban areas.
Explore their action here: https://sdgactionawards.org/initiative/1166
#LetsDoItWorld began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people came together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. 🇪🇪 World Clean Up Day celebrated the Global Week to #Act4SDGs through its World Cleanup Day campaign – the largest single peacetime civic action in human history. In 2020, they encouraged people to Clean up with a small group of friends or family or participate digitally by deleting digital waste from their electronic devices.📱 For more information, visit digital.worldcleanupday.org.
Eye Care for All’s mission is to ensure that all individuals have access essential eye care. To remove cataracts and thereby eradicate preventable and avoidable blindness, this organisation offers free eyesight restoration surgery to the elderly, orphans, individuals with disabilities, prisoners and refugees in the Gambia.
Founded in only 2020, The National Association for Sustainable Development of Pakistan has already made significant contributions to achieving the #SDGs. 🙌 As part of the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, @nasdpakistan has launched a Tree Planting Drive across the cities of Islamabad, Mardan, and Rahimyar Khan. 🌳 Over 500 trees will be planted in areas facing deforestation. Thank you for your incredible impact! #TurnItAround #GlobalGoals #ClimateChange #LifeOnLand