Press Release

Global Advocacy Group Announces Prestigious New Board of Trustees

Brussels, 3 July 2000:

The International Crisis Group (ICG) announces today - the fifth anniversary of its formation - the membership of its new Board of Trustees, which includes former Heads of State, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers, serving parliamentarians, prominent writers, academics and business leaders.

Among the 21 newcomers to the 53 member Board are Louise Arbour, Canadian Supreme Court Judge and former Chief Prosecutor of the International Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia; Emma Bonino, Member of the European Parliament and former European Commissioner; General Wesley Clark, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 1996 to 1999; Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1994; Christine Ockrent, one of France's most prominent journalists; Fidel Ramos, former president of the Philippines; and Russian Parliamentarian Grigory Yavlinsky.

The Board is chaired by ex-President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari; Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia, serves as the Group's President and Chief Executive.

ICG works to prevent and contain conflict through analysis, policy prescription and advocacy. Reports and briefing papers are distributed to top-level international policymakers in governments, the UN and other multilateral agencies, and the media. Members of the Board play a significant role in developing and promoting the organisation's findings and policy recommendations, meeting government and international officials, chairing briefings and policy seminars and giving media interviews.

The nomination of the new Board comes at an important time for ICG, which is rapidly expanding its operations. Having earned a reputation for rigorous and forthright analysis in the Balkans and Central Africa, ICG recently commenced a new regional program in Asia, with projects now established in Indonesia and Central Asia. A new project has also begun in Zimbabwe.

Regional experts and a number of other new staff have joined ICG's Brussels, Washington and field offices. ICG is presently funded by sixteen governments as well as major foundations and private donors: expenditure in 2000/2001 will be over US$ 5 million.

For information: Sascha Pichler at ICG Brussels, tel: +32 2 502 90 38, email: [email protected]

See also ICG Board for complete list of new board members.

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