14 Oct 05 - Panel of eminent persons to advise UNCTAD Secretary-General

During the closing session of the 52nd session of the Trade and Development Board, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi announced he was establishing a Panel of Eminent Persons to propose new strategies to heighten the organization´s impact.

The seven individuals are internationally renowned for their expertise on development issues:

  • Jagdish Bhagwati, Eminent Professor of Economics at Columbia University
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil
  • Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and former Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2005 World Summit
  • Tarja Halonen, President of Finland and Co-Chair of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization
  • Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard University and former US Treasury Secretary
  • Long Yongtu, Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia and former Trade Representative of China.

The Panel will be chaired by Mr. Cardoso, former chairman of the UN Secretary-General´s Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations.

The Panel is expected to produce a report for the Secretary-General of UNCTAD by late April 2006.



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