At the Eminent Persons Group Roundtable, a preparatory meeting for the "World Conference against Racism" to be held in Durban this year, Gareth Evans stated: "There's nothing I want to see more than consensus from this Conference - with clear and unmixed messages, a clear program of action, and a new kind of pressure being able to be placed on governments, and political and ethnic leaders, as a result". Gareth said he spoke wearing two hats - one as former foreign minister of Australia, a country in which racism has left strong marks throughout history, and the other as President of the International Crisis Group, currently operating nineteen projects in crisis-stricken countries around the world, in which with inter-ethnic hostility and other problems connected to racism are a predominant theme.
Statement by Gareth Evans, Eminent Persons Group for World Conference against Racism (2001)
HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ESTABLISHES EMINENT PERSONS GROUP TO SKETCH A VISION OF FUTURE FREE OF RACISM
ICG Chairman Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, and ICG President Gareth Evans, for eight years Australian Foreign Minister, have been invited to join an Eminent Persons Group under the patronage of Nelson Mandela to provide leadership and inspiration in the run-up to the World Conference against Racism in Durban at the end of August. The Group also includes ICG Board Members Oscar Arias Sanchez, former President of Costa Rica, Prince El-Hassan of Jordan, Chairman of the Arab Thought Forum, and I.K. Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India.
Press Release: HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ESTABLISHES EMINENT PERSONS GROUP TO SKETCH A VISION OF FUTURE FREE OF RACISM 28 June 2001
ICG President to co-chair International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty
The President of the International Crisis Group, Gareth Evans, is to co-chair a high-level International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. The Commission was formally launched in New York today by Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy. Canada took this initiative in response to a challenge to the international community by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to address the highly complex problem of state sovereignty and international responsibility in complex man-made humanitarian disasters.
Press Release: ICG President to co-chair International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty 14 September 2000