Hans Hoogeveen

Hans Hoogeveen is Director of the Department of International Affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands. He served as Chair of the seventh session of the UN Forum on Forests and as President of the Sixth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has participated in numerous international negotiations and world summits, including the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the World Water Forum and the World Food Summit.

Global warming has become everyday news, often featured in alarming statements by Heads of Governments, scientists or environmental activists. We now know that melting glaciers, erratic global weather patterns, droughts, raging wildfires and creeping invasive species of flora and fauna in new localities are all unmistakably the effects of climate change.