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Steiner quits Oxford to become UNDP chief

Achim Steiner, director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, has been chosen to head the United Nations Development Programme.

Steiner, a German-Brazilian national, was nominated for the position by UN secretary-general António Guterres and his appointment was approved by the UN General Assembly on 19 April. He replaces outgoing UNDP chief Helen Clark.

Steiner took up his post at the Oxford Martin School, a social sciences research unit, last September. From 2006 to 2016 he was executive director of the UN Environment Programme, based in Nairobi.

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