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  • Rio+20 : Prof. Bedřich Moldan, Elected Vice-Chair - Eastern European States Group
    Centre since 1992 of the Charles University in Prague He also succeeded in using his wide ranging expertise in political engagement when he was the first Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic 1990 1991 and Senator of the Parliament of the Czech Republic 2004 2010 He also served in a number of positions at international level such as Chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2000 2001 and its Vice Chairman 1993 1994 Chairman 2002 2004 and member 1999 2002 of the European Environment Agency Scientific Committee Secretary General of the SCOPE Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment in 1998 2001 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Regional Environmental Centre in Szentendre 1993 2001 adviser to the Prince of Monaco Albert II since 2006 member of the European Consultative Forum on the Environment and Sustainable Development of the European Commission 1998 2001 and coordinating lead author of a part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2001 2004 During preparations for the UN Conference on Environment and Development and during UNCED itself he chaired the working group III and was Vice Chair and Rapporteur of the Main Committee 1991 1992 His lifelong work in sustainable development

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  • Rio+20 : Ms. Tania Valerie Ragu?, Elected Vice-Chair - Eastern European States Group
    Ragu is the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations During 2008 Ms Raguz returned as First Secretary to the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations with primary responsibility for economic international trade and development issues She served as the Vice Chair at the Bureau of the Commission on Sustainable Development at its 17th and 18th sessions Since joining the Croatian Foreign Service in 1996 Ms Raguz served in the Departments for the U N Human Rights and Protocol within the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Previous diplomatic postings for Ms Raguz have included Washington D C 2004 2008 and the United Nations in New York 1998 2002 As part of her responsibilities in the Croatian Foreign Ministry Ms Raguz served as a member of the Croatian National Committee responsible for drafting the first National program of Action for Children as follow up to the World Summit for Children as well as in the secretariat to the Governmental Working Group on Harmonization of National Legislation with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Ms Raguz has also worked on a number of

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  • Rio+20 : Ms. Josefina Bunge, Elected Vice-Chair - Latin American & Caribbean States Group
    Vice chair of the Bureau for the Preparatory Process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development representing the Latin American and the Caribbean States Ms Josefina Bunge is a Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission Argentina to the United Nations Ms Bunge deals with sustainable development issues at her Mission During the Argentine chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China for the year 2011 Ms Bunge coordinated and led the Group in many negotiation processes including the preparation process for the Rio plus 20 Conference Before being posted to the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in New York she worked at the Legal Adviser s Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina where she participated in a number of international negotiations and conferences related to sustainable development issues including law of the sea fisheries and biodiversity Ms Bunge was part of the Argentine team in the case before the ICJ concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay Previously Ms Bunge was an associate at the Brussels office of Hunton and Williams LL P where she advised industries on regulatory risk and liability issues WTO issues and on EU regulatory law including chemical regulation electronic

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  • Rio+20 : Mr. Keith H. Christie, Elected Vice-Chair - Western European and Others Group
    Branch of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada Mr Christie was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister Global Issues in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on April 1 2008 In this capacity he is responsible for the formulation and delivery of Canada s foreign policy across the broad range of multilateral organizations to which Canada belongs including the United Nations and its specialized agencies the G8 the G20 APEC La Francophonie the Commonwealth and the Arctic Council He is also responsible for leading thematic work in Foreign Affairs on international economic environmental and energy policy international development human rights democratic governance and humanitarian policy Mr Christie is also Canada s Foreign Affairs G8 G20 sous Sherpa Keith Christie joined the Canadian foreign service in 1976 He has had four postings most recently as Canada s Ambassador to Cuba 1997 2000 and Mexico 2000 2003 In Ottawa he served in the Latin America Division 1981 83 the GATT Affairs Division 1983 86 as Asia Pacific Coordinator Office of Multilateral Trade Negotiations 1989 1991 Director for Policy Coordination of the Office of North American Free Trade Negotiations 1991 1992 Director of the Economic and Trade

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  • Rio+20 : Mr. Paolo Soprano, Elected Vice-Chair - Western European and Others Group
    Rome Italy in 1950 Mr Paolo Soprano is a career government official He has been with the Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea of Italy since 1988 Since 2000 he is Director of Sustainable Development Division He served previously in the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities 1978 1988 and in the University of Rome La Sapienza as researcher on Human and Economic Geography 1975 1978 In his current position he is in charge of International Global multilateral processes and negotiations on Sustainable Development within the UN the UN ECE and the European Union He is a representative of Italy in the EU Council Working Party on International Environmental Issues head of delegation of Italy to UN CSD and to UNEP Governing Council and co ordinator for international activities within the UN Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD He has participated in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development since its establishment in 1992 as well as in the Johannesburg WSSD Preparatory Process He is responsible for the participation of Italy in the current United Nations IEG process and has been a co chair of the high level meeting of the UNEP IEG Consultative Group He is co ordinator for International Partnerships and Type II Initiatives for Sustainable Development chair of the International Task Force on Sustainable Consumption within the UNEP Marrakech Process on SCP and supports the UNESCO Decade on Education for Sustainable Development He is a delegate of Italy in the OECD Environment Policy Committee and vice chair of the OECD Working Party on Global and Structural Policies He served as EPOC vice chair in 2003 2006 At the national level he is responsible for programs and projects for sustainable development and implementation of Agenda 21 implementation and update of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development promotion of local

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  • Rio+20 : Mrs. Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessoa, Member(Ex-Officio)
    Mesquita Pessôa is Minister Plenipotentiary in the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Prior to this Ms Mesquita Pessôa headed the Division of Oceans Antarctic and Space at the Brazilian Chancery 2004 2007 She was also Brazil s Commissioner at the International Whaling Commissioner 2004 2007 Principal Representative of Brazil at the Group on Earth Observation GEO 2004 2007 Brazil s Representative at the International Commission for the

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  • Rio+20 : Mr. Jiří Hlaváèek, Elected Vice-Chair - Eastern European States Group
    of Multilateral Relations and Executive Secretary of the Working Group for the Preparations of RIO 2012 which is a working body of the Czech Government Council for Sustainable Development In his previous positions at the Ministry of the Environment Mr Hlaváček served as Director General for International Relations Deputy Minister for International Environmental Affairs and Sustainable Development agenda Director of the Department of Strategies Director of the Department of the European Union and Senior Advisor to the Minister for international affairs Prior to joining the Ministry of the Environment in 1996 Mr Hlaváček held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including that of Head of the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to UNEP and UN HABITAT Mr Hlaváček led the delegation of the Czech Republic to various bilateral and multilateral environmental negotiations and conferences He served as a Vice President and member of the Bureau of the 4th 7th and 8th Conferences of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification Vice President of the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer President of the First Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol of Substances

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  • Rio+20 : Mr. John M. Matuszak, Elected Vice-Chair - Western European and Others Group
    GEF and the Environmental Policy Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD They are responsible for State Department compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA and for reviews of the Environmental Impact Assessments for projects under consideration for funding by Multilateral Development Banks He also advises and participates on U S Delegations to meetings of many Multilateral Environmental Agreements and fora CBD POPS CCD and forests He also Participated in the WSSD JPOI preparations where he was responsible for negotiating the Africa SIDS and other regional implementation chapters He was recently elected a Vice President and member of the Bureau of the Governing Council of UNEP for 2009 2010 where he represents the UN Region including Western Europe North America Australia and New Zealand He also has served as a Bureau member for the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy He is an International Advisor to the UNEP International Environmental Technology Center in Osaka Shiga Japan a member of the Advisory Board for the Marrakesh Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production and is on the Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy Mr Matuszak has also served as a High Level Advisory for UNEP s fourth Global Environmental Outlook GEO 4 He was elected to the UN expert Committee for Energy and Natural Resources for Development 1998 2002 were he served as a vice President and chaired the water subgroup He was also on the advisory committee of the International Conference on Water and Sustainable Development organized by the World Water Council and the Government of France 1998 In addition to his work in the State Department Mr Matuszak has worked for the US Agency for International Development USAID as the Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Global Center for Environment From

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