Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy

Environmental diplomacy helps to reshape the world of public international law, creating a new regime for environmental stewardship around the world. In 1997, Helga Haub established the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy, which is bestowed by a jury composed of representatives from the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. The award recognizes the innovation, skill, and accomplishments of diplomats, international civil servants and other negotiators who work to create the world environmental order thereby furthering the life’s work of Elisabeth Haub.


1999: Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Malaysia)

For launching the UN Commission on Sustainable Development with positive participation by Civil Society

1999: Bo John Kjellen (Sweden)

For service in establishing the Convention on Desertification

2000: Veit Koester (Denmark)

For contribution to negotiation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and other multilateral agreements

2000: Tuiloma Neroni Slade (Samoa)

For leadership of the UN initiative for Small Island Developing States

2001: Bagher Asadi (Iran)

For securing developing nations’ support for the Kyoto Protocol and the establishment of the UN Forest Forum

2002: Askar Akaev (Kyrgystan)

For leadership during the UN Year of the Mountains, advancing stewardship for earth’s mountain regions

2004: Mohamed El-Ashry (Egypt)

For service in the establishment of the Global Environment Facility

2005: James MacNeill (Canada)

For leading the world to see “Our Common Future” and inspiring the UN to convene the 1992 Earth Summit

2006: Klaus Töpfer (Germany)

For excellence in advocating for global environmental stewardship

2007: Mohamed Sahnoun (Algeria)

For negotiating agreements crucial to sustainable development

2008: Hilario Davide Jr. (Philippines)

For leadership in adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

2009: Julio Barboza (Argentina)

For service to international environmental governance

2010: Biliana Cicin-Sain (USA)

For contributions to international efforts to preserve the world’s oceans

2012: Sheikha Lubna Bint Khaled Al Qasimi (UAE)

For contributions to implementing her country’s policy in promoting global sustainable development and renewable energy

2013: Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado (Brazil)

For leadership in advancing issues of environmental sustainability

2014: Macharia Kamau (Kenya)

For extraordinary service in the negotiation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

2014: Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary)

For extraordinary service in the negotiation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On July 28, 2015, the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, ICEL, and the Haub family presented the 2014 Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy to H.E. Macharia Kamau and H.E. Csaba Kőrösi. H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, gave remarks in honor of the recipients. Dr. Wolfgang Burhenne, Executive Governor of ICEL, also gave remarks via video from Germany. View pictures from the event here.

*The independent Jury for the Elisabeth Haub Award invites nominations of individuals who are distinguished by their contributions to environmental diplomacy. Nominations should be received no later than February of each year for Jury deliberations that take place in the spring. A letter describing the candidate’s qualifications with a biographical background statement, should be sent to:

Elisabeth Haub School of Law
78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603, USA
E-mail: haubenvirolaw@law.pace.edu Fax: 1-914-422-4261