CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE; FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED
NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
No single international civil servant has contributed more to global attention to environmental problems, including those relating to air and water pollution, than has Maurice F. Strong. Born in Manitoba, Canada, by the age of twenty-two Strong had acquired a small fortune from the Alberta oil boom. His lifelong ambition, however, was public service. After serving as director-general of the Canadian External Aid Office (later the Canadian International
In his capacity as undersecretary-general and senior advisor to the UN secretary-general, Strong is assisting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in reforming the United Nations (something he has long advocated) and serving as a member of the Commission on Global Governance (1992 to 1996). In his 2000 best-selling autobiography, Where on Earth Are We Going? , he vowed to continue his lifelong quest.
SEE ALSO A CTIVISM .
Strong, Maurice (2000). Where on Earth Are We Going? Toronto: Vintage.
Michael G. Schechter