UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Becomes Polar Cub’s Patron


29 May 2008: The UN Environment

Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, has become the official

patron of Flocke, a polar bear cub in Germany's Nuremberg zoo. At the recent ninth Conference of Parties

to Convention on Biological Diversity, which convened in Bonn, Germany, Steiner

said, “I hope a global green economy can be implemented in [Flocke's] lifetime.  

This green economy could reduce carbon dioxide emissions to a level that would

secure the survival of the Arctic habitat as a place where polar bears and

native people can live and develop over the next thousands of years.” [UNEP

Press Release]