Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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Mr Simon Upton
Chairman, Round Table on Sustainable Development, Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development, France & former Minister for the Environment, New

Mr Simon Upton is a New Zealander who has, since January 2001, been living in Paris from where he chairs the OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development.

Mr Upton brings an extensive political background to his current role. He was first elected to Parliament in New Zealand 1981 at the age of 23 representing the National Party, New Zealand’s principal party of the centre-right. He became one of New Zealand’s youngest Cabinet Ministers in 1990. Between then and 1999 he held a wide variety of portfolios including Environment, Biosecurity, Science and Technology, Health and State Services. Mr Upton was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 2000 and retired from politics at the age of 42 early in 2001.

In his time as New Zealand’s Environment Minister, Mr Upton was responsible for passing two groundbreaking statutory codes, the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Hazardous Substances & New Organisms Act 1996.

He became a prominent figure in international environmental negotiations chairing the 1998 meeting of OECD environment ministers and the 7th Session of the Commission of Sustainable Development in 1998/99. In addition, he played an important role in climate change negotiations between 1994 and 1999. In 1999, the World Economic Forum in Davos named him as the Environment Minister in its annual ‘Dream Cabinet’.

Mr Upton is a Rhodes Scholar who has degrees in English literature, music and law from the University of Auckland and an MLitt in political philosophy from Oxford University. He has been a prolific contributor of papers and articles on a wide variety of science and environment topics and was the first non-scientist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand Society in recognition of his contribution to research and science policy in New Zealand.

Mr Upton is from a farming family and maintains an interest in agriculture and forestry. His private interests include music (he plays the piano), literature, geology and botany, skiing and landscape gardening.

He is married to Bhaady Miller, an accountant. They have two children – Geoffrey (7) and Laura (5).