|Member of the Bundestag|
1998 – 2005
|Born||21 January 1959|
Forst (Lausitz), Bezirk Cottbus, East Germany
Nooke was born in Forst (Lausitz), Germany, a small town in Brandenburg. He grew up there only 150 km (90 mi) southeast of Berlin, in the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR), near the Polish border.
He was educated in Forst, Cottbus and at the University of Leipzig, where he studied physics from 1980 to 1985. After graduating Nooke worked as a research assistant, latterly as a head of section from 1985 to 1990 at the industrial hygiene inspectorate in Cottbus.
He is married to sociologist Maria Nooke. They have three children.
Since 1987, Nooke had been a member of a church opposition group and got involved in the growing democracy movement in 1989, which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following the first (and only) democratic election in the GDR, he became Member of the People's Chamber for the opposition group named Alliance 90.
From 1990, to 1994 Nooke was a member of the parliament of the state of Brandenburg and was the chairman of the parliamentary group of Alliance 90. In 1996, he joined the CDU with other former civil rights activists.
From 1998 to 2005 Nooke was a member of the German Bundestag, deputy chairman (2000–2002) and spokesperson for cultural and media affairs (2002–2005) of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.
Positions in the German government
On March 8, 2006, Nooke was appointed as the Federal Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid in the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel. He was succeeded in this office by Markus Löning in 2010.
Since April 2010, Nooke has been serving as Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), under the leadership of ministers Dirk Niebel (2009-2013) and Gerd Müller (since 2013).
- Amref Health Africa, Member of the Board of Trustees
- German-Azerbaijani Forum, Member of the Board of Trustees
- World Vision Deutschland, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2009)
- Deutsche Welle, Deputy Chairman of the Broadcasting Council (2003-2014)
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Günter Nooke|
- The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office
- Appointment press release, German Embassy Washington, D.C., March 15, 2006
- (in German) «Wir wollen andere Kulturen nicht platt machen» (We don't want to bulldoze any other culture), Interview in online 'Netzeitung' from April 12, 2006
- (in German) "Schröder hat viel kaputtgemacht" (Schroeder destroyed a lot) - Interview in German newspaper 'Der Tagesspiegel' from March 26, 2006[permanent dead link]
- (in German) "Wenigstens einer hat es geschafft", (At least one has done it), Special online from March 16, 2006