Jean Ziegler (1934) is a french writer, former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris.
Currently vice-president of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland from 1981 to 1999. He has also held several positions with the United Nations, especially as Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2000 to 2008, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council from 2008 to 2012. Jean Ziegler has authored numerous works, is a lecturer, and is well known for this sentence: "A child who dies from hunger is a murdered child." He studied at the universities of Bern and Geneva and has doctorates in Law and Sociology. Jean Ziegler was made knight (chevalier) of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1994. He has an honorary degree at the University of Mons in Belgium and was awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. The Republic of Cape Verde awarded him the National Order of Amílcar Cabral, first degree and in 2002 he received the Gaddafi Human Rights Prize.
Some of his most famous works include Sociologie de la nouvelle Afrique (1964), Le pouvoir africain (1973), La victoire des vaincus, oppression et résistance culturelle (1988), Le droit à l’alimentation (2003), Chemins d'espérance. Ces combats gagnés, parfois perdus mais que nous remporterons ensemble (2016).
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