Solheim resigns as UN climate chief

Erik Solheim, the former Norwegian government minister and leader of the Socialist Left party (SV), has admitted to making mistakes in how he tried to save the climate while traveling business class. Newspaper Aftenposten reported late Tuesday afternoon that the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has now decided to resign, after spending around […]

Solheim’s travel hits UNEP funding

Sweden and Denmark have both decided to withhold funding for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), after reports about its director Erik Solheim’s extensive and expensive travel. Solheim, a former Norwegian government minister and UN envoy, defends his constant globetrotting and promises to correct any mistakes made. Newspaper Aftenposten broke news last week of a highly critical […]

Solheim responds to the UN’s criticism

Veteran Norwegian politician Erik Solheim is now responding to harsh criticism that’s erupted over his extensive and expensive travel as head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The former Norwegian government minister in charge of environmental issues faced UN employees this week and reportedly accepted some of the blame, but not all. Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten […]

Former minister scolded by the UN

Norway’s former minister of both the environment and foreign aid, Erik Solheim, is facing a severe scolding from auditors at the United Nations over how he’s carrying out his current duties as head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). They’re sharply criticizing Solheim’s alleged overspending on near constant travel and lack of respect for UN […]

Erik Solheim confirmed for UN post

UPDATED: Norway’s former government minister for the environment is set to become chief of the entire world’s environmental program. As newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported on Monday, Solheim will take over as head of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP), with the title of “executive director.” The appointment was confirmed on Tuesday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Solheim […]

Norway blasted over UN nuclear vote

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende was roundly criticized this week after his delegation at the United Nations refused to vote on two UN resolutions against nuclear weapons and voted against a third. Opposition politicians and anti-nuclear activists were disappointed, but not surprised. “I think Norway voted wrongly,” declared Bård Vegar Solhjell, a Member of Parliament and […]

Norway at the UN: Waving the flag

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian government officials are once again mounting a major show of support for the United Nations, not least as the UN celebrates its 70th birthday this week. By the time the UN General Assembly formally opened for debate on Monday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her foreign minister, Børge Brende, already had several days […]

DNV’s outgoing boss bashes tax avoiders

It’s not everyday that a business executive speaks out in favour of paying taxes, especially at the United Nations. Last week, however, the outgoing chief executive of large Norwegian classification society DNV-GL bashed companies that actively avoid paying taxes in countries where they do business. He also urged more climate accountability and denounced business’ lust for […]

Norwegians seek peace on Cyprus

Norway now has not only one top-ranking official trying to keep the peace on Cyprus, but two. Just a week after General Major Kristin Lund made history by becoming the first woman to lead a UN Peacekeeping operation, on Cyprus, former Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was appointed as the UN’s Special Envoy to Cyprus. […]

Johnson quits as UN’s South Sudan boss

Hilde Frafjord Johnson, a former Norwegian politician, was all smiles three years ago when South Sudan declared its independence in the summer of 2011. Now, three years later, the smiles are long gone and the UN’s leader of peacekeeping efforts is calling it quits as the country continues to decline into violent conflict and famine. “It […]