Ruud Lubbers

Ruud Lubbers
Minister of State and Chair
The Rotterdam Climate Initiative

Ruud Lubbers (1939) became Minister of Economic Affairs (incl. Energy) in 1973 and Prime Minister in 1982 (until 1994). In 1994 he became Professor on Globalization, as well as International President of WWF. 2001-2005 he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. During those years he continued to be member of the Earth Charter Commission.
Nowadays he is Minister of State of the Netherlands, Chair of the Energy Research Centre (ECN), which is about energy saving, renewable energy, clean fossils (climate change) and Atoms for Peace (nuclear technology); and chair of the Council of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative.

Diversity, respect, awe for nature and the need to celebrate life mark him as an Earth Charter man.


Photography by Hannah Anthonysz


This speaker will participate in the following session(s):

Panel discussion: Public-Public Partnerships

Stronger coordination and cooperation for bio-economy implementation, country perspectives from Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, and France