Erik Solheim, former Norwegian prime minister and leader of the Socialist Left Party (SV), has admitted that he made mistakes in trying to save the climate when he went on business class. Newspaper Aftenposten reported late Tuesday afternoon that the head of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) has now chosen to resign after spending about half a million dollars on travel during its first 22 months at work.
Erik Solheim has also been accused of being dictatorial and addictive United Nations resources, which has forced him to pay back some of the money in different ways.
Guterres said he is grateful to Solheim's service and acknowledges that he has been a leading voice to draw the world's attention to critical environmental challenges.
Solheim's alternate, Joyce Msuya of Tanzania, will be appointed UNEP's Executive Director while the Secretary-General is trying to find a successor to Solheim, said the spokesman.
In a report, The New York Times said that the review of the official resettlement such as the UN's Internal Monitoring Office conducted cited "economic flight scheduling, choice of expensive airlines, implementation of remote work beyond the existing flexible work regime".
The guardian also revealed that Solheim had to reuse himself in September from professional contacts with his own wife and a Norwegian company who hired her shortly after the signed agreement with Unep in April. Some countries are said to have withdrawn funding from the body because they were dissatisfied with their behavior and risked undermining their finances.
Published reports said that Solheim was criticized for their extensive travel and management style, which allowed some Scandinavian and other countries to withdraw contributions to donor-funded UNEP until the criticism was answered.
Another concern for the staff was the sponsorship of $ 500,000. Solheim agreed to give the Volvo Ocean Race, even though it was not mentioned on our sponsor's website or announced by Unep.
United Nations Environmental Erik Solheim has resigned after extensive criticism of its excessive expenses on official global travel. "Doing things differently is never easy, and I will deviate from knowing that I have never saved for a moment in my attempt to implement this vision and to leave the UN environment more competent and more effective."
At the request of OIOS auditors to report the 76 days spent in Oslo (Norway) and Paris (France) Erik Solheim email: "We can not accept this question on vacation for work … we no longer live in the industry group and they have to stop treating me like I'm a 07 to 16 factory workers … the other side of this coin is that they have to stop asking this stupid question ". The departure will come into force on November 22nd. He mailed the staff on Monday: "We agreed and committed ourselves to a set of principles [to] guide how we work and interact with each other ".