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UNEP's executive director appoints new members to GEF scientific and technical advisory panel

New Delhi/Nairobi, 1 April 1998 - Mr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), today announced the appointment of twelve new members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the advisory body to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the first Global Environment Facility Assembly taking place here in New Delhi, India, from 1 to 3 April. UNEP provides the secretariat for STAP, which, among other things develops and maintains a roster of internationally recognized specialists to review the scientific and technical soundness of individual GEF projects.

The term of office for the current STAP ends on 30 June 1998. Mr. Töpfer thanked its members for their substantive contribution to the GEF process, and reiterated that STAP should maintain a central advisory role in the GEF's strategic planning and provide a scientific link with international environment conventions.

The composition of the new STAP is as follows: Dr. Madhav Gadgil (India) (Chairman); Dr. Christine Padoch (USA) (Vice-Chairman); Dr. Peter Bridgewater (Australia); Prof. Paola Rossi Pisa (Italy); Prof. Jose Sarukhan (Mexico); Dr. Michel Colombier (France); Dr. Zhou Dadi (China); Dr. Stephen Karekezi (Rwanda); Prof. Shuzo Nishioka (Japan); Prof. Eric Odada (Kenya); Dr. Angela Wagener (Brazil); and Dr. Dennis Anderson (United Kingdom). All are eminent scientists.

The appointment of Dr. Madhav Gadgil as Chairman of STAP marks the first time that a scientist from a developing country has been appointed Chairman of STAP since the establishment of the Global Environment Facility.

UNEP was selected to provide the secretariat for STAP because of its role in the United Nations system for catalyzing the development of scientific and technical analysis, and in advancing environmental management, thereby bridging the gap between the scientific and technical community and policy makers.

Note to Editors:

The GEF, a partnership of UNEP, UNDP, and the World Bank, is a multilateral financing mechanism created to address climate change, the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, reduction of ozone layer depletion, the protection of international waters, and other global environmental challenges. The GEF Assembly, meeting in New Delhi from 1 to 3 April, is the first time that a ministerial level gathering of the GEF's 161 member countries has been convened.

For more information:

Mr. Mark Griffith
Secretary of STAP
GEF Coordination Office
P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-2-62-4166, Fax: 254-2-62-0825


Mr. Tore J. Brevik
Director, Information and Public Affairs
P.O. Box 30552, UNEP, Nairobi
Tel. 254-2-62-3292, Fax: 254-2-62-3692

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