The United Nations General Assembly, meeting in New York, approved UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan's, nomination of Mr Toepfer.
Mr Toepfer, who is also a UN Under Secretary-General and Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the General Assembly has given me its backing for four more years. I must also thank the Secretary-General for his support and belief in me as the right person to take the UN's environmental mandate forward".
"We have real challenges ahead of us. Some are old ones and others are new. Let me assure the UN family of my determination to discharge my duties with all the vigor, intelligence and sensitivity at my disposal, "he said.
Mr Toepfer, who was re-elected on Wednesday by the 56th UN General Assembly, enjoyed a distinguished political career in Germany before being appointed Executive Director of UNEP on February 1, 1998.
In Germany, he held positions including minister for regional planning, building and urban development and Federal Minister for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety. Mr Toepfer's four year re-appointment at UNEP starts from February 2002.
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