Eric Solheim, the former Norwegian government minister and leader of the Socialist Left (SV), admitted having made mistakes in the way he tried to save the climate during the business class. newspaper Aftenposten announced on late Tuesday afternoon that the UNEP chief has now chosen to resign after spending about half a million US dollars for travel during its first 22 months of work.
Eric Solheim is also accused of being dictatorial and abusive United Nations resources, something that forced him to pay some of the money.
Guterres said he was grateful for Solheim's office and admits he was a leading voice in attracting the attention of the world to critical ecological challenges.
Solheim's deputy, Joyce Muja from Tanzania, will be appointed as UNEP chief operating officer while the Secretary-General is trying to find Solheim's successor, the spokesman said.
In a report, The New York Times that the audit of business trips carried out by the UN Internal Supervisory Authority cites "ineffective routing of flight routes, choosing more expensive airlines, implementing distance work agreements outside the current flexible working time policy."
The Guardian also revealed that Solheim should withdraw in September from a professional relationship with his own wife and a Norwegian company that was involved in it shortly after signing an agreement with Yunep in April. Some states have said they have detained funding from the authorities because they are unhappy with their behavior, risking to undermine their finances.
Published reports indicate that Solheim was criticized for his great travel and management style that prompted several Scandinavian and other countries to retain donations from donor-funded UN programs to the environment until he received a response to the criticism.
Another concern for the staff was the $ 500,000 sponsorship that Solheim agreed to give the Volvo Ocean Race, although it is not mentioned on the VOR sponsors' website or Unep's announcement.
United Nations environmental manager Eric Solheim has resigned after widespread criticism of its excessive travel expenses worldwide. "Doing things differently is never easy and I will go, knowing that I have never saved a moment in my effort to fulfill this vision and leave the UN environment more capable and more influential."
When asked by the OIOS auditors to account for the 76 days spent in Oslo (Norway) and Paris (France), Eric Solheim email: "We can not accept this issue during the holidays against the job … we no longer live in the industrial age and they have to stop treating me as if I am a worker from 07 to 16 on the other side the coin is that to stop asking this stupid question. " The resignation will take effect on 22 November. He sent an e-mail to the staff Monday: "We agreed and committed to a set of principles [to] guide the way we work and interact with each other. "