Pär Stenbäck

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Pär Stenbäck in 2014.

Pär Stenbäck (born 1941 in Porvoo) is a Finnish politician and debater. He received a Honorary Minister title in 1999. Stenbäck has been a member of the city council of Espoo, and also the Finnish parliament (1970-1985). He was the Minister of Education (1979 to 1982), Minister of Foreign Relations (1982 to 1983) and Party Leader of the Swedish People's Party (1977 to 1985). He has also been the general secretary for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva. Between 1992 and 1997 he functioned as the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen. In 1991, he took part in the founding of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), now situated in Baltimore, as a director 1991-1996, thereafter as VP for Europe until 2005. In 2001, together with ambassador K-E.Norrman, he founded the European Cultural Parliament, where he is the Chairman of the Senate. Since 1995 he is a board member of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and its Executive Committee.

Being a pro-European, he co-signed G.Soros' open letter for a federal solution to the crisis.[1]

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