UN environment Chief Erik Solheim resigns after audit on travel Expenses

UN environment chief Erik Solheim has resigned from the post following an audit report questioning his huge travel expenses. The former Environment Minister of Norway was at the helm of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme since June 2016.

A UN audit found that Solheim had spent nearly five lakhs US dollar on travel. He claimed these unjustified expenses at a time when the world body is struggling with shrinking budgets.

His globe-trotting raised accusations that he showed little regard for the environment and efforts to reduce carbon emissions generated by air travel.

Solheim in a statement said yesterday that he had received the final audit report of his travel expenses and after deep reflection, he has decided to step down.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had accepted his resignation.

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