12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
Chair: H.E. B¸rge Brende (Norway);

  • H. E. Mr. Bruno Stagno Ugarte (Costa Rica);
  • Mr. Toru Shimizu (Japan);
  • Mr. Bolus Paul Zom Lolo (Nigeria);
  • Ms. Eva Tomiè (Slovenia).

    H.E. Minister B¸rge Brende, Chairman (Norway)
    Message from the Chair

    H.E. Borge Brende was elected by the Commission on Sustainable Development as the Chairman of CSD-12 on 9 May 2003.  He has been Norwegian Minister of the Environment since 2001 and a Member of Parliament since 1997.

    He was a member of The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs from 1997-2001 and first deputy leader of The Conservative Party from 1994-1998.  He has also held numerous other political positions such as: Leader of Norwegian Young Conservatives 1988-1990, preceded by two years as First Deputy leader; Political adviser, Conservative Party Parliamentary Group 1986-1987; and Political secretary, Norwegian Young Conservatives 1985.  He was also Leader, Conservative Party Parliamentary Election Program Committee for four years from 1997 and deputy leader of the European Movement in Norway 1991.

    Prior to his Parliamentary career, Minister Brende was a Municipal Counsellor in the Municipality of Trondheim and leader of the Conservative Party Group from 1992-1997.  He was Finance Director of Brende-entrepren¸r AS for two years from 1990, a member of the Board, Aid to Afghanistan in 1987 and alternate member of the Board of Directors for the Norwegian State Housing Bank from 1990-1994.

    He holds a B.A. from the Norwegian University for Technology and Science (1997) and is married with 2 children.

    Ambassador Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Vice Chair (Costa Rica)

    Ambassador Bruno Stagno was re-elected to the Bureau for CSD-12, having previously served as Vice-Chairman on the Bureau of CSD-11.  He was appointed New Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in September 2002.  Prior to his current appointment, Amb. Stagno was an Adviser in the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly.  Amb. Stagno was also a Professor at the University of Costa Rica, School of Political Science. 

    Between 1998 and 2000, he was Chef de Cabinet of the Minister at the Ministry of External Relations and Worship of Costa Rica and from 1994 to 1998 served as Consul-General and Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in France. 

    Amb. Stagno has been an active member of several international bodies, including the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  He has participated as a representative in meetings of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  Amb. Stagno was a delegate at the Bureau International des Expositions and at the twenty-ninth session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference.  He holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Master's Degree in Political Science from the Sorbonne, and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service - international relations and comparative studies from Georgetown University. 

    Mr. Toru Shimizu, Vice Chair (Japan)

    Mr. Toru Shimizu joined the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in 2002 as First Secretary. Before being posted to the Japanese Mission, he was Deputy director of the Latin American Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. From March 1998 to January 2001, he was Deputy Director of the Global Environment Division of the same Ministry, during which time he participated in a number of negotiations on climate change as well as on other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

    He also served in the Technical Cooperation Division and, as Assistant Director, the Division responsible for the Association of South-East Asian Nations from 1993 to 1998, after being posted to the Embassy of Japan in Spain from 1991 to 1993. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from Kyoto University.

    Mr. Bolus Paul Zom Lolo, Vice Chair (Nigeria)

    Mr. Bulus Paul Zom Lolo has been in the Nigerian Foreign Service since he left college. In March 2002, he assumed duties in New York as Minister. Prior to New York, he served as Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria from July 1999 to 2001. Thereafter, Mr. Lolo worked in the West Africa Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from March 2001 until his assignment to New York in 2002.

    From April 1992 to February 1998, he was posted at the Embassy of Nigeria in Dublin, Ireland where he was in charge of the Economic/Commercial section. Other diplomatic postings include Ottawa, Canada (1982-1983) and, Cotonou, Republic of Benin (1985-1988). In addition, as member of the Nigerian delegation, Mr. Lolo has participated in many international meetings, including different sessions of the General Assembly in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, OAU and ECOWAS.

    Mr. Lolo holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and a Master of Philosophy in Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

    Ms. Eva Tomiè, Vice Chair (Slovenia)

    Ms. Eva Tomiè is Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations. Before being posted to New York in June 2003 she served as Head of Human Rights Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. From June 2000 to August 2001.

    Ms. Tomiè served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe in Montenegro, heading the Council of Europe Office in Podgorica with the task of offering assistance to the democratization process of Montenegro. Prior to that she was Head of Human Rights Division at the Foreign Ministry in Ljubljana. In that capacity she participated in a number of international conferences and events, among them the annual Commission on Human Rights meetings in Geneva and at the Special Session on Children, 2002 in New York. She also was member of the delegation of Slovenia at the diplomatic conference in 1998 in Rome for the adoption of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

    Her first posting was at the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations in New York from 1993 to 1997 with primary responsibilities in the area of human rights. She joined the Foreign Ministry of Slovenia in 1991. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from Ljubljana University.

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