Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 welcomes Austria and Switzerland as new members
November 18, 2013 – The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 has welcomed the Governments of Austria and Switzerland as new members, and has received a formal request for membership from one additional country in South America. Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday 7 November, the Group, comprising the Governments of Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, France, Norway and South Africa, and supported in a Secretariat capacity by the UN Environment Programme and the Global Reporting Initiative, also extended the Government of France’s Chairmanship of the Group until April 2015. The French Delegation was led by Robin Edme, Senior Advisor for Responsible Finance from the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development
and Energy, with the support of Mrs Marine de Carné, Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.