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EMINENT PERSONS PANEL:

Dame Nita Barrow, the Governor-General of Barbados, is putting together a panel of approximately 12 eminent persons on the issues related to the Conference. A meeting is tentatively set for January in Barbados. The list of eminent persons has not yet been finalized, but recommendations have been received. Some of the nominations are said to include: Maurice Strong, Sir Sridath Ramphal, US Vice President Al Gore, and Bishop Sir Paul Reeves, Chairman of the NGO Group on the Year of Indigenous People. The meeting is expected to produce a declaration or other document to be sent to the Conference.