The Council of Agora Verkehrswende is the central forum for discourse on the transformation of the transport system with the objective of full decarbonisation by 2050. The board features selected representatives from the fields of society, politics, economics and science. It convenes four times a year in private, confidential meetings. Until 2017 the Chairman of the Council was Achim Steiner.

The members of the board are appointed by the Chairman. The first meeting of the board took place in autumn 2016.


About Achim Steiner (until 2017)

Born and raised in Brazil, Achim Steiner studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford and completed a master’s degree in economics and regional planning at the University of London, with stays at the German Development Institute and the Harvard Business School.

After his studies, Steiner worked in international development at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, now GIZ) in Pakistan and at its headquarters in Eschborn before he entered the field of international environmental protection. He was employed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest organisation of its kind, first in southern African and then in Washington, D.C. In 1998, he became General Secretary of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) in Cape Town. In 2001, he returned to the IUCN as its general director at the headquarter in Gland, Switzerland. On the recommendation of the then-UN General Secretary, the UN General Assembly appointed him in 2006 Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), which he led for ten years, until June 2016.

In September 2016, Steiner was appointed director of the Oxford Martin School. One month later, Angela Merkel named him to the German Council for Sustainable Development. Since July 2016 until the end of 2017 he has chaired the Council of Agora Verkehrswende.

In June 2017 Achim Steiner became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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