“I am tremendously pleased and grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this panel on an issue of such importance to all humankind. This is also recognition of Sweden’s very determined efforts on behalf of a sustainable environment for people in both rich and poor countries,” Gunilla Carlsson said in a foreign ministry statement on Tuesday.
The High-level Panel will be jointly headed by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, and the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and will be tasked with formulating a new vision for sustainable growth and development and to identify mechanisms for achieving this vision.
The panel has been established by the Secretary-General in response to the conclusions from the UN Summit on Climate Change in September 2009 and the final report of the Commission on Climate Change and Development, led by Gunilla Carlsson, “Closing the Gaps”, which was published in 2008.
The Panel’s other members include US Ambassador to the UN Susan E. Rice, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson, EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland.
The first meeting will be held in conjunction with the gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, will be assigned a secretariat to support it and will deliver a final report to the Secretary-General by the end of 2011.