UNEP Executive Directors

The Honourable Maurice F. Strong, P.C., O.C., LL.D.

Maurice  F. Strong Maurice F. Strong has played a unique and critical role in globalizing the environmental movement. He was appointed to lead the Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 1972. It was an historic event, marking the UN's first major conference on international environmental issues and resulted in the founding of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Six months later he was elected by the UN General Assembly to become UNEPs first Executive Director at its new headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, where until 1975 he played a critical role in globalizing the environmental movement. In June 1992 he was asked to lead another landmark meeting: the UN Conference on Environment and Development - best known as the Earth Summit - which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Current appointments include: Founder Chairman of Cosmos International Group; Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General of United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20); Honorary Professor of Peking University (Beijing), Member of United States National Academy of Sciences; Member of Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

He has also had an expansive career in the private sector, where he worked in some of Canadas most prestigious energy companies. His strong interest in China has also resulted in frequent travel to the region where he is an active Honorary Professor at Peking University.

Some of Mr. Strong's other past appointments include: Under Secretary General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations; Senior Advisor to the President, World Bank; Member, Foundation Board, World Economic Forum; Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (1972); First Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme; Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit).