Green Cross mourns the loss of Rudolphus Lubbers

It is with great sadness that Green Cross marks the passing of Dr Rudolphus (Ruud) Franciscus Marie Lubbers, Honorary Board member of Green Cross International. He was a key figure in the founding of Green Cross, as well helping to bring the Earth Charter into being. His involvement began around the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, back when he was still Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
After three terms as Prime Minister, between 1982 and 1994, he taught Globalization Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States, from 1995 to 2000. In October 2000, following his nomination by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N. General Assembly elected Lubbers as the U.N. Refugee Agency’s High Commissioner. In 2004, Lubbers received an honorary doctorate from the Radboud University Nijmegen.
Lubbers was a passionate supporter of Green Cross, its values and its goals, holding a place on the Honorary Board until his passing.
“From 2000, there was the Global Compact, and later on the Charter of Compassion. [So] we have seen time and again new initiatives; and in all this I observe a vibrant Green Cross,” said Lubbers, at Green Cross’ 20th anniversary celebration in 2013. “Amid all the challenges, I wish you a joyful celebration of life.”