Jeremy Wates

Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau
Jeremy Wates

Jeremy Wates is the Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest federation of environmental organisations, comprising 143 member organisations from 29 European countries.

Prior to taking up his present post in May 2011, Mr Wates served for more than a decade as Secretary to the Aarhus Convention with the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.  The Aarhus Convention is the world’s most far-reaching legally binding treaty on access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters.

During the 1990s, Mr Wates led the campaign by the European ECO Forum, a coalition of NGOs, to persuade governments to start work on a treaty on environmental democracy. He then coordinated the input from civil society organisations into the official negotiations over the Aarhus Convention text.

In the 1980s, he founded the Irish environmental organisation Earthwatch, the Irish member of Friends of the Earth International, and led the organisation for more than a decade.

Mr Wates holds an Masters Honours Degree in Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.