Jakob von Uexküll is founder (1980) of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. In 1984, he co-founded The Other Economic Summit and is a past Member of the European Parliament (1987-1989) where he served on the Political Affairs Committee. A patron of Friends of the Earth International, Jakob von Uexküll is also a member of the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations.
He served on the UNESCO Commission on Human Duties and Responsibilities (1998-2000), the Board of Greenpeace Germany, and on the Council of Governance of Transparency International. During his career, Jakob von Uexküll has received numerous honours including Time magazine’s European Hero (2005), the Binding Prize (2006) for the protection of nature, and the Order of Merit First Class from the Federal Republic of Germany (2009). He lectures widely on environment, justice and peace issues.