On contemporary social and environmental challenges
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) was a French philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution and the development of socialist theory. In 1762 he published “Du Contrat Social,” a widely read tract in which he argued that society avoids the descent into barbarism by defining a contract among its members, setting out the rights and duties of all participants towards one another.
The Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture focuses on contemporary social and environmental challenges.
Kandeh K. YumkellaUnited Nations Under Secretary-General Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
"Sustainable Energy for All"
Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens of SouthgateFormer Director, London School of Economics; Life Fellow, King’s College, Cambridge; Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom
"Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?"
Enrico GiovanniniPresident, Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT); Former Chief Statistician, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
"Accounting for Progress: How to Measure Innovation and Entrepreneurship"
Connie HedegaardCommissioner for Climate Action, European Commission
"Cancún - and Beyond: Europe's Next Step on the Road to a Low-Carbon Economy and Sustainable Future"
Commissioner for Environment, European Commission
"Resource Efficiency as a Driver for Sustainable Growth and Jobs"
Aart de GeusDeputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
"Making Reform Happen"
Ján Figel´Commissioner for Education, Training and Culture, European Commission
"Skills for the 21st Century"
Andreas SchleicherProject Director, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
"Europe's Skills Challenge: Developing Competencies for the 21st Century"
Poul Nyrup RasmussenPresident, Party of European Socialists; Former Prime Minister, Denmark
“The New Social Europe”
Vladimir ŠpidlaCommissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission
Laurens Jan BrinkhorstMinister of Economy, the Netherlands; Chairman, Competitiveness Council during Dutch EU Presidency in Second Half of 2004