Messages and reflections for Joke 21 Oct 2005
On behalf of the citizens of Kyoto City, may I extend our sincere condolences on the untimely passing
away of Ms.Joke Waller-Hunter, who contributed to bringing the Kyoto Protocol into effect.
-Yorikane Masumoto, Mayor of Kyoto, Japan
It was with great sorrow we learned that Mrs Joke Waller Hunter passed away last weekend. Joke was an
extraordinary lady. With her tremendous energy she devoted her working life to addressing environmental
issues, was a strong defender of the principles of sustainable development, and always found an
opportunity to fight the good fight for the environment. She was highly respected at OECD for her
professionalism and leadership, and much loved for taking the time to be a friend. We will remember her
as being exceptional, both as a dynamic spokesperson for the environment and as a friend. Our sincere
condolences go to her family and all her friends.
-Kiyo Akasaka, Deputy Secretary-General and Lorents Lorentsen, Director, Environment Directorate,
L'ensemble de l'UNITAR, et particulierement le programme Changements climatiques et ses
partenaires, ENDA, ERC et MIND sont profondement attristes du deces de Joke Waller Hunter. Nous avons
toujours trouve un appui enthousiaste et dynamique venant de Joke, toujours ouverte a toute initiative
orientee vers l'action et le terrain. C'etait un tres grand plaisir de travailler ensemble car
elle faisait passer sans ambiguite ses convictions et sa volonte de resoudre les problemes. Toute
l'equipe de l'UNITAR se joint a moi pour faire parvenir nos plus sinceres condoleances a sa
famille et au personnel du Secretariat dans ce moment difficile.
-Marcel Boisard, Sous -Secretaire general des Nations Unies, Directeur general de
During the process of implementing the UN Campus project in Bonn we met Joke Waller-Hunter and it was
both a pleasure and a priviledge to work together with her. We will always value her openness, her
kindness and her commitment. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. We are
saddened by her untimely passing.
-Stefan Körnig; Hans Mager; Reinhold Weigand. Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature
Conservation and Nuclear Safety
I met Joke only a couple of times during her time at UN DSD, and was strongly impressed by her strong
personality, her sense of humour, and her dedication to her work. It is people like her who provide the
missing link between the grassroots and the political leaders who have to implement Sustainable
-Jochen Jesinghaus, European Commission
With deep sorrow we learned that Ms Joke Waller-Hunter has passed away. Her contribution to the climate
change and sustainable development community will be long remembered. On behalf of the Hellenic
Ministry for the Environment, I wish to express our most sincere condolences to her family and UNFCCC
-John Vournas, General Director for the Environment, Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning
and Public Works, Greece
It is with deep regret that we read the news of Ms Joke Waller-Hunter's passing away. A dedicated
leader, a warm and remarkable person, will be greatly missed in the next steps of the climate change
process. My sincere condolences to her family and to colleagues in the Secretariat.
-Elpida Politi, UNFCCC National Focal point, Ministry for the Environment, Greece
As many I was shocked when I learned about her passing away. It is very bad news for whole climate
change community. I wish to express my condolences to her family and all coleagues from the UNFCCC
-Prof. Maciej Sadowski former the Polish UNFCCC Secretariat
My thoughts are with Ms Waller-Hunter's family and friends. We all benefited from her great
passion, spirit, and determination, and we all shall proceed with the same passion, spirit and
determination in bringing our nations together in saving our planet.
-Maries M Huening, teacher and environmentalist, Chicago, IL, USA
I was distressed to hear that Joke had passed away after her illness. I did not realize it was that
serious when we last spoke on the phone. Although I have not worked with her personally, I have heard
from several sources she was well-respected among her colleagues. I am sure her contributions to UNFCCC
are known by anyone who has dealt with this subject for any period of time. Our world needs many more
giving individuals like Joke – those who work and don’t care who gets the credit for their
achievements. UNFCCC has served us well, and we know that excellence must stem from her leadership and
tenets of management.
-Jürgen Hessenauer, Hessenauer KG, International Management Consulting and Training
Con gran tristeza nos hemos enterado del fallecimiento de la Señora Joke Waller- Hunter. Sin
lugar a dudas, ella ha sido una gran líder ambiental y será recordada como tal por todos
nosotros. A su familia, amigos y colegas les damos nuestros más sinceros sentimientos de
-Carolina Barco. MINISTRA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES. Colombia
Nos ha sorprendido dolorosamente la noticia del deceso de la Sra. Joke Waller Hunter, será
siempre un amable recuerdo haber tenido el honor de conocerla y colaborar con ella. La echaremos mucho
-Mirza Castro, Programa Nacional de Cambio Climàtico/SERNA, HONDURAS.
I feel priviledged and honoured to have had the chance to work together with Joke in Paris. She has
been a great teacher, thought-provoking and a passionate hard worker, even in a difficult period. For
me an example. Thank you Joke.
-Silvia Francescon, now at the Italian Ministry for the Environment