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KLAUS TÖPFER
Former Executive Director, UNEP

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:
• UNEP, Former Executive Director;
• Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (formerly UNCHS/Habitat, now UNHabitat) (1998-2000);
• Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (1998);
• Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (formerly UNCHS/Habitat, now UNHabitat) (July 1998-August 2000);
• Federal Minister of Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development (Germany);
• Coordinator of the Transfer of Parliament and Federal Government to Berlin (1994-1998);
• Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1987-1994;
• Minister of Environment and Health of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatine (1985-1987);
• State Secretary at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Environment for the (1978-1985);
• Full Professor at the University of Hannover, Institute of Regional Research and Development (1978-1979);
• Head of the Department of Planning and Information in the State Chancellery of the Federal State of Saarland (1971-1978); and
• Head of the Economics Department of the Central Institute for Regional Planning of the University of Münster (1970-1971).

AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1986);
• Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1989);
• Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany;
• Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai;
• Honorary Doctor of the Technical University of Brandenburg, Cottbus, Germany;
• Honorary Doctor of the Free University of Berlin and of the University of Essen;
• Bruno H. Schubert Environment Prize; and
• German Environment Prize.

EDUCATION:
Doctorate in Philosophy and a degree in Economics.

 
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