Global Negotiation Conference 2022
Wednesday 6th July 2022 at 18:30 (CEST)
SOC-F-106, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 69, 8001 Zurich

In-person and streamed live via SwitchCast

The Role of Political Leadership in Addressing Global Challenges

Tarja Kaarina Halonen

President of Finland (2000-2012)

Tarja Halonen served as President of the Republic of Finland 2000-2012 and was Finland’s first female head of state. Her two terms as President culminated a successful political career that included serving as Minister at ther Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (1987–90), Minister of Justice (1990–91) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1995–2000).  

During her presidency, Tarja Halonen served as co-chair of World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, appointed by International Labour Organization ILO, from 2002 to 2004. From March 2009 until September 2014, she served as the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. In August 2010, Tarja Halonen was appointed co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. She was the co-chair of the High Level Task Force for ICPD 2012–16.



After her presidential term Tarja Halonen has continued her work as a member of many organizations and networks in Finland and abroad. These include being serving as a member of the UN  Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation since 2017 and Council of Women World Leaders since 2014. She has particularly close contacts with the UN and she also works with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 


For more information about Tarja Halonen's activities please consult her official webpage




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The event is organised with support from the Chair of Political Philosophy at the University of Zurich and the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich