RUUD LUBBERS

Rudolph Lubbers is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 4 November 1982 until 22 August 1994.

In the follow-up of the Earth Summit in 1992, Lubbers engaged with the Earth Charter Initiative in cooperation with Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. The Earth Charter document was launched at the Peace Palace in The Hague in June 2000. Lubbers is an active member of the international Earth Charter Commission and reaches out, especially to youth in the Netherlands, with the message of the Earth Charter for a sustainable and peaceful world. Lubbers is known for his abilities as a team leader, consensus builder and “policy wonk”. During his premiership, his cabinets were responsible for rebuilding the Dutch Economy after the recession of the 1980s, stimulating sustainable development, reforming social security and reducing the deficit. He holds the distinction of being both the longest tenured and the youngest serving Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Lubbers continues to comment on political affairs as an elder statesman.