Messages and reflections for Joke 23 Oct 2005
Joke was excited about Bonn becoming a UN city. Doing new things, breaking new ground always appealed
to her. From her arrival in 2002, Joke reached out - making contact with the community and encouraging
networking. She realized that there exists a synergy between "UN in Bonn" and the local
community - one that provides mutual support, fosters information sharing and discussion, and
ultimately helps to enrich the lives of UN staff and their families and all in Bonn. Her special
project for a common information outreach to the community brought together all UN organizations,
programmes and projects in the city together with partners from the host country, Germany, and the City
of Bonn. This outreach effort -- focussed on furthering understanding of "sustainable development
worldwide" -- has rapidly grown up with many activities underway. In providing her vision and
energy, Joke has made a special and lasting contribution to the community here in Bonn, in addition to
her work for the international cause of climate change.
-Kevin Grose for the Steering Committee of the Common Information Space of the UN in Bonn
It is with deep regret and sadness that we received the announcement that Executive Secretary of the
UNFCCC, Joke Waller Hunter, prematurely passed away. I have had pleasure and honour to have known her.
She was always willing to listen, to advise, to help. She has done a lot for saving world climate
system and she will always be remembered. I wish to express our most sincere condolences to her family
and UNFCCC Secretariat.
-Heorhiy Veremiychyk, Ministry of Environment Protection of Ukraine
It is certainly with sorrow that we received the bad news. Our deepest condolensces to her close ones
at home & the scientific family that she cared for & served with her heart. Hoping Climate
Change will continue strong as she strived to have it. May God rest her in peace.
-Mohamad Khawlie, National Center for Remote Sensing- Lebanon
I had the privilege of meeting Joke once, at Buens Aires, and she impressed me as a person with a great
capacity to accept that the impossible was the possible, it would just take a little longer. She will
be greatly missed for her great contribution.
-Andrew Petersen, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal, Australia
Joke Waller has always been a source of inspiration to me and many others. She provided guidance at a
crucial moment in my life, even when she herself was living through very difficult times. Her wit was
sharp, her laughter contagious and her hospitality always a great pleasure. I was honoured to be part
of her team before and during UNCED and have happy memories of many meetings in New Yord at the CSD.
She was to me the personification of sustainable development. My condolences for everyone that has
known her and worked with her. I hope that the people who are currently involved in climate change
negotiations will often ask themselves: 'What would Joke have thought of this?'
-Herman Verheij, formerly Dutch delegate
It is with great sorrow that I came to know the demise of Ms Hunter. Even though I had no experince in
working with her personelly, I had the oppotunity see her capabilities on how she handled the affairs
as the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC during the last SBSTA and SBI held in Bonn, Germanay in last
may. I think that it was a great loss to the UNFCCC and its affairs and we will feel the vacum due to
loss during the forthcoming COP/MOP I, MOP 11 in Montreal, Canada in coming November, December. On
behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resouces of Sri Lanka and as the National Focal Point
for the UNFCCC in Sri Lanka, I forward my deepest condolence to UNFCCC and also to her family
-S.M.D.P.Anura Jayatilake, Director, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources of Sri