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Tanzanian appointed to head UNEP as chief Solheim resigns

Tanzanian national Joyce Msuya has been appointed as acting head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to cover the vacuum left by the executive director, Erik Solheim who resigned on Tuesday.

It is reported that Mr Solheim announced his resignation with effect from November 20, this years following an internal audit report that revealed that he had had gobbled up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.

The UNEP boss was also accused of rule-breaking at the Nairobi-headquartered UN agency.

May this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Ms Joyce Msuya as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Tanzanian has since 2017 served as Adviser to the World Bank (WB) Vice-President for East Asia and the Pacific Region in Washington, D.C. 

She previously served as the WB Special Representative and Head of the World Bank Group Office in the Republic of Korea, as well as Regional Coordinator at the World Bank Institute covering East Asia and Pacific Region, based in China, and Principal Strategy Officer at the International Finance Corporation’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department. 

According to UNEP website, Ms Msuya holds a Master of Science in microbiology and immunology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and immunology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

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Author: Agencies

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