On Friday morning the Vice-Chair and Rapporteur of the High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development gave an informal briefing on their work. The High Level Advisory Board was created in July 1993 to act as an independent body of advisors to the Secretary-General and through him to the UN System. The board met in September 1993 and March 1994 and submitted a report to the second session of the CSD. This week the Advisory Board held its third session and focused on the following topics: sustainable food security; trade and environment; capacity building; and forging alliances between the UN system, governments and other actors (NGOS, science and industry) in the field of sustainable development. During its meeting, the Advisory Board met with the CSD Bureau, UNDP Administrator Gus Speth, Paul Kennedy, who is working on the reform of UN System, and UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The Advisory Board does not intend to produce a comprehensive review but rather a critical analysis of certain aspects related to sustainable development.