Pekka Haavisto
Chairman, UNEP Post-Conflict Assessment Unit and
Former Minister for Environment and Development Cooperation, Govt of Finland



Mr. Pekka Haavisto is a former Finnish Minister for Environment and Development Co-operation currently working for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) post-conflict environment assessments. He has been chairing UNEP’s environmental assessments to Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Afghanistan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has also chaired the depleted uranium assessments to Kosovo, Serbia-Montenegro and to Bosnia-Herzegovina. In March 2003 he was invited as the Chairman for UNEP Iraq Task Force and in December 2003 as the Chairman of UNEP Liberia Task Force.

Mr. Haavisto has been Visiting Researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs, Visiting Professor to the University of Bristol and Visiting Lecturer to the University of Helsinki.

Mr. Haavisto has been a Vice-Governor of World Bank and a Governor of Asian Development Bank 1995-1999.

Mr. Haavisto is a Spokesperson for the European Green Party. He was the Minister of Environment and Development Co-operation in Finland 1995-99, and a member of the Finnish Parliament 1987-95. His special interests are foreign policy and global environmental issues.