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
-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
-Marcel Boisard, Sous -Secretaire general des Nations Unies, Directeur general de l'UNITAR.
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
-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 Development.
-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 Secretariat.
-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 Secretariat
-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 condolencia.
-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 de menos.
-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