János Áder

President of Hungary

János Áder was elected President of Hungary in 2012 by the National Assembly and was elected for a second term for another 5 years in 2017.

He was born in Csorna, in a small town, went to secondary school in Győr and obtained his law degree at Eötvös Loránd University.

János Áder is one of Hungary’s politicians of the regime change. He was Member of Parliament between 1990 and 2009, he was elected chairman of the National Assembly in 1998 and held this position until 2002. From 2009 until the start of his presidency he worked as MEP at the European Parliament.

As MEP János Áder was committed to raise his voice for the environment and stood up to call the attention to the negative impacts of climate change. In 2015 he held a memorable and notable speech at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris and has been a regular speaker at various UN events on climate change and sustainability ever since. As a sign of the acknowledgement of his work, the Secretary-General of the UN and the President of the World Bank invited him to join the High-Level Panel on Water formed by Heads of State and Government.

To emphasise his commitment, he founded the Directorate for Environmental Sustainability within the Presidential Office and in 2016 he established the Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation.

He became member of the Water and Climate Management Board of the UN upon the request of the Chair of UN-Water, the UN’s coordinating body and the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation in 2021.