EARTH DIALOGUES 2013: MARTIN LEES


Closing Panel and Geneva Earth Dialogues Declaration

Former Secretary-General, Club of Rome

1964: Graduate degree in Mechanical Sciences, Cambridge University, UK.

1965 to 1969: Manager in Industry, General Electric Company, UK.

1970 to 1971: Post-graduate Diploma in European Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.  Editor, “New Techniques in Public Administration.”

1972-1978:  OECD: Responsible for programmes on Cooperation in Science and Technology and on Innovation in the Procedures and Structures of Government.

1974:  Initiated the OECD “InterFutures Project”: a three year program on “The Future of the Advanced Industrial Societies in Harmony with that of the Developing Countries.”

1978 to 1980:  Special Adviser to the Administrator of UNDP, New York.

1980: Executive Director of the UN Financing System for Science and Technology for Development.

1984 to 1988: Assistant Secretary General, UN, and Executive Director of the InterAction Council of former Heads of State and Government, Vienna.

1980 to 2000:   Organiser of programmes of International Cooperation with China, including an advisory programme for the leadership, “China and the World in the Nineties”, 1988 to 1998.

1992:  Initiator and 15 year member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) providing advice directly to the leaders of China.              

1997 to 2000:  International Co-Chairman of the SDPC/CCICED Program on the Integration of Economic Planning and Environmental Protection for the 10th Five Year Plan.

1991-1996:  Director General of the International Committee for Economic Reform and Cooperation, Bonn. Development and implementation of programmes of cooperation among the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union.

1995 to 2008: Moderator of the International Advisory Board of the Toyota Motor Corporation.

2001 to  2005: Rector of the University for Peace of the United Nations, Costa Rica

2007 to 2009:  Senior Adviser to the Chinese Government (NDRC) on climate change and on the Xiao Kang program for a harmonious society.

January 2008 to March 2010:  Secretary General of the Club of Rome, Switzerland.

March 2010 to present: Gorbachev High Level task Force on Climate Change;  Vice Chairman, Conference on Affordable World Security, Washington; Senior Adviser, Program on “A New Path for World Development,” Club of Rome, etc. Adviser to the African Union on the Pan African University; speaker on international issues etc.

For more information about Martin Lees, visit the Climate Change Task Force website.

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