The first meeting of the High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development was held in New York on 13-14 September 1993. The Board appointed Mr. Bernard Chidzero (Zimbabwe) as its Chair, Ms. Briggitta Dahl (Sweden) as Vice-Chair and Mr. Martin Holdgate (United Kingdom) as Rapporteur. Other members of the Advisory Board appointed by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali are: Mr. Jacques Cousteau (France), Mr. Qu Geping (China), Mr. Saburo Kawai (Japan), Mr. Tommy Koh (Singapore), Mr. Valentin Koptyug (Russian Federation), Mr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi (Nigeria), Ms. Rita Levi Montalcini (Italy), Mr. Celso Lafer (Brazil), Ms. Maria de los Angelos Moreno (Mexico), Ms. Laura Novoa (Chile), Justice R. S. Pathak (India), Mr. Emil Salim (Indonesia), Mr. Klaus Schwab (Germany), Mr. Stefan Schmidheiny (Switzerland), Ms. Adele Simmons (United States), Mr. Maurice Strong (Canada), and Mr. Mostafa Tolba (Egypt). The members of the Advisory Board have been appointed for a two-year period.
At its first meeting, the Board decided to focus its efforts initially within three broad themes:
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