Mr. Hugo de Jonge, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
Presenter of the International Four Freedoms Awards
Hugo de Jonge is Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Hugo de Jonge started his career in education. First as a teacher in primary education and subsequently as a school leader. He then made a shift to national policy working as a policy assistant with the CDA-faction in the House of Representatives, as political assistant of several ministers and as civil servant at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. From 2010 until 2017 he was alderman in Rotterdam with the portfolio of Education, Youth and Family. From 2014 Healthcare was added to his portfolio as well. Minister De Jonge is a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).
About the Four Freedoms Awards Deputy Prime Minister De Jonge says:
“Everybody wants to live without poverty and fear. Yet, this is for many people, here and in the rest of the world, not a matter of course. Climate change contributes to increase that injustice. Long-term drought, great floods and extreme hurricanes are causing disrupted societies, fear and – even more – inequality. The Climate Agreement of Paris is an agreement with more ambition than many of us had dared to hope or dream. Climate policy is one of the priorities of the current Dutch government. Hopefully, in a few decades from now, we will be able to look back on Paris as a historic turning point. The point at which, together, we were able to turn the tide.”