Organization of the Advisory Group

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updated 26 July 2011

The Advisory Group adjusts it organization according to the immediate tasks before it, forming smaller drafting groups on particular issues, as well as regional groupings.


At its Nairobi meeting, ther AG agreed on an initial list of themes on which to prepare inputs. The following drafting groups will take responsibility for leading the work on each theme, using a forum opened for each theme on this web site:

1. Responding to the questionnaire from UN DESA on inputs to Rio 2012 process
Laura Martin Murillo, Neth Dano, Robert Bakiika, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Hindou Oumaroum Ibrahim

2. Advantages and disadvantages of a World Environment Organization and other options. Why have things failed? What difference would the options make? Role of environmental and other ministers. Centralized versus diffuse approach to IEG.
Satishkumar Belliethathan, Neth Dano, Sébastien Duyck, Kassem El-Saddik, Hindou Oumaroum Ibrahim, Maria Ivanova, Mehdi Ahmed Jaaffar, Thomas Jacob, Norichika Kanie, John McDonald

3. IEG for areas beyond national sovereignty, global commons (geoengineering, deep sea mining, ocean fisheries), might include technology assessment and monitoring
Arthur Dahl (co-leader), Neth Dano (co-leader), Sébastien Duyck, Philip Vergragt, Christine von Weiszaecker

4. Advantages of IEG for developing countries. Including impact of IEG on Africa, arguments from an African perspective.
Negusu Aklilu (co-leader), Neth Dano (co-leader), Robert Bakiika, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Maria Ivanova, Lucy Mulenkei

5. Coupling IEG and the Green Economy
Thomas Jacob (co-leader), Philip Vergragt (co-leader), Arthur Dahl, Neth Dano, Hindou Oumaroum Ibrahim, Masanori Kobayashi, Atiq Raman

6. Integrating IEG into global governance and institutional arrangements for sustainable development
Robert Bakiika, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Arthur Dahl, Kassem El-Saddik, Maria Ivanova, Thomas Jacob, Norichika Kanie, Masanori Kobayashi, Atiq Raman, Sara Svensson, Philip Vergragt

7. Link between expert/scientific advice and decision-making. How does it work? What else is needed?
Philip Vergragt (co-leader), Arthur Dahl (co-leader), Mehdi Ahmed Jaaffar

8. Assembling a civil society toolkit, to include topics such as:
a. transparency, access to information, public participation
b. scientific advisory processes (including social science, indigenous and local knowledge)
c. accountability, environmental liability
d. participation in preparatory and deliberative processes
e. decision-making through inclusion in national delegations
f. financial assistance for disadvantaged organizations and constituencies
g. access to complaint procedures, legal remedies and dispute settlement mechanisms
h. ethical and moral dimensions and principles
i. links to educational processes, media and capacity building organizations

Negusu Aklilu, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Arthur Dahl, Neth Dano, Sébastien Duyck, Kassem El-Saddik, Mehdi Ahmed Jaaffar, Lucy Mulenkei, Sara Svensson, Philip Vergragt


Regional sub-groupings of AG members and alternates encourage networking within the regions and facilitate AG participation in regional meetings.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: Neth Dano, Norichika Kanie, Masanori Kobayashi, Atiq Raman

WEST ASIA: Medhi Ahmed Jaaffar, Kassem H. El-Saddik

AFRICA: Robert Bakiika (regional focal point), Negusu Aklilu, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Hindou Oumaroum Ibrahim, Lucy Mulenkei, Ernest Rukangira

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: Pedro Aranha (regional focal point), Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

NORTH AMERICA: Philip Vergragt (regional focal point), Maria Ivanova, Thomas Jacob, Ambassador John McDonald, Dan Magraw, Sara Svensson

EUROPE: Arthur Dahl, Sébastien Duyck, Sascha Gabizon, Laura Martin Murillo, Ernest Rukangira, Susanne Salz, Sara Svensson, Torbjorn Tannsjo, Christine von Weiszaecker


While there may be other events in the coming months that will require accelerated outputs, our next major deadline is the 1 November limit for inputs to the UNCSD Bureau for their initial negotiating document for Rio 2012. The following is the suggested time schedule:

30 April: drafting groups start work by exchanging ideas, identifying outside work on the issue, and consulting widely for input, posting results on their forum.

30 June: drafting groups report back to the AG on their progress, and on any issues for wider consultation by the AG; some initial text prepared.

31 July: significant issues for wider civil society consultation identified, and draft prepared for civil society comment.

31 August: drafting groups assemble and organize inputs on their theme; report prepared for the AG meeting in Bonn on 2 September and the UN DPI NGO conference 3-5 September.

15 September: drafting groups finalize a 2-3 page text on their theme for Rio 2012, plus any relevant background documentation or supporting materials to be posted on the website.

30 September: co-coordinators circulate a combined AG draft paper for the UNCSD Bureau, for comment by the AG and wider civil society.

30 October: AG submission sent to Bureau.