INTACH Cultural Affairs : Lecture Natural Heritage and Plastic Pollution by Erik Solheim as part of World Environment Day programme on 4th June at 2.15pm in the Multipurpose Hall, INTACH. Back
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the lecture Natural Heritage and Plastic Pollution by Erik Solheim as part of World Environment Day programme on 4th June at 2.15pm in the Multipurpose Hall, INTACH.
Mr. Erik Solheim is the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director UN Environment. Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Solheim 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. This unique portfolio mix allowed him to bring a coherent approach to development and the environment.
During his time as Minister, Norwegian aid reached 1 percent, the highest in the world. He also put in place the Nature Diversity Act, which many consider to be Norway’s most important piece of environmental legislation in the last 100 years. The Norwegian Climate and Forest Initiative provided critical input to the establishment of UN-REDD, the global coalition to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.
Mr. Solheim is also an experienced peace negotiator, having acted as the main facilitator of the peace process in Sri Lanka from 1998 to 2005. The peace process led to a ceasefire and the Oslo Declaration in 2002. He continued to lead peace efforts in Sri Lanka as Minister and has contributed to peace processes in Sudan, Nepal, Myanmar and Burundi.
In addition to his career as a Minister and at the OECD, he has served as UN Environment’s Special Envoy for Environment, Conflict and Disaster since 2013 and as a Patron of Nature for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2012. He has also received a number of awards for his work on climate and the environment, including UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth award and TIME Magazine’s Hero of the Environment.
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