UN environment chief resigns amid ‘CO2 hypocrisy’

(EurActiv, 21 Nov 2018) The UN’s environment chief, Erik Solheim, has resigned following severe criticism of his global travels and internal rule-breaking which led some nations to withhold their funding. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Sources at the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said that countries unhappy with Solheim’s conduct were holding back tens of millions of dollars, threatening a financial crisis at the body.

The Guardian understands Solheim was asked to resign by the UN secretary general, António Guterres.

A draft internal UN audit leaked to the Guardian in September found Solheim had spent almost $500,000 on air travel and hotels in just 22 months, and was away 80% of the time. The audit said this was a “reputation risk” for an organisation dedicated to fighting climate change.

A UN staff union leader called some of the revelations “mind-blowing” and a prominent climate scientist accused Solheim of “obscene CO2 hypocrisy”.

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EurActiv, 21 Nov 2018: UN environment chief resigns amid ‘CO2 hypocrisy’