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» Winnipeg, June 10, 2004

IISD Announces Seven New Appointees to its Board of Directors

New board members represent a wealth of sustainable development experience in the fields of private sector engagement, conflict and sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity protection, and the Arctic.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) announced today the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. Joining the IISD board for three year terms are Stephanie Cairns (Canada), John Michael Forgách (Brazil), Daniel Gagnier (Canada), Gordon McBean (Canada), Jane Rigby (Canada), Mohamed Sahnoun (Algeria), and Mary Simon (Canada).

"These new members provide further evidence of the institute's reputation and reach. They are exceptional individuals with a vast array of experience and expertise. They will add much to the collective wisdom of an already very capable and highly effective board," said IISD Board Chair, Jacques Gérin.

"I am looking forward to working with these new board members over the next few years. We will be relying on the entire board as we implement our second strategic plan. I am confident they will have much to contribute in this regard," said David Runnalls, President and CEO of IISD. "It is also worth noting that with the addition of these new members we have both lowered the average age of our board and significantly improved the gender balance."

"IISD is a leading international research organization bringing much needed attention to many important sustainable development issues. I believe the institute's work in Canada and with its partners around the world has furthered global progress towards sustainability. I am very pleased to be working with such a highly regarded organization as a member of its board. My familiarity with the institute goes back to my participation in the Young Canadians for a Sustainable Future internship program, so I am well aware of the very positive impact IISD's work has," said Jane Rigby, Vice President with Cantor Fitzgerald /

With the addition of these new appointees, IISD's board of directors now has 20 members representing nine different countries. The International Institute for Sustainable Development's board of directors meets twice annually in Ottawa in January and in Winnipeg in June.

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development contributes to sustainable development by advancing policy recommendations on international trade and investment, economic policy, climate change, measurement and indicators, and natural resources management. By using Internet communications, we report on international negotiations and broker knowledge gained through collaborative projects with global partners, resulting in more rigorous research, capacity building in developing countries and better dialogue between North and South.

IISD's vision is better living for all—sustainably; its mission is to champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably. IISD receives operating grant support from the Government of Canada, provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Environment Canada, and from the Province of Manitoba. The institute receives project funding from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, other national governments, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector. IISD is registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States.