03 Apr 06 - Eminent Persons, 2nd meeting
The second meeting of the Panel of Eminent Persons looked at how UNCTAD can fulfil its development mission and mandates.
Members of the Panel shared their own written inputs on enhancing UNCTAD´s role and impact. They also considered a paper submitted by H.E. Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Chairman of the Board of the South Centre and former Secretary General of the United Nations. These inputs, along with the outcome of the first meeting, served as a basis for the discussions on the substantive issues to be included in the Panel´s final report later this year.
During the meeting, the Panel agreed on the main messages and overall approaches of the report, as well as its annotated outline. They will meet again on 7-8 June in Helsinki, at the invitation of H.E. Ms. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland.
Eminent persons at the second meeting
Participants in the Rio de Janeiro meeting included: UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, H.E. Ms. Gro Harlem Brundtland, H.E. Mr. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, H.E. Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Chair), H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, H.E. Mr. Benjamin William Mkapa, as well as their senior aides. The meeting was hosted by the Panel´s Chairman, Mr. Cardoso.