The Advisory Board Council serves two functions: the first is to provide strategic advice to the g7+, and the second is to facilitate reconciliation in member countries in crisis. It is comprised of eminent persons such as heads of states and government (former and/or incumbent) and was established at the 3rd Ministerial meeting held in Lome, Togo in May 2013. H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão was selected as the first member of the Council.
The experience of Advisory Council members can contribute to shaping the strategic direction and organisational development of the g7+.
The Council's central aim during high-level visits is to contribute to catalysing reconciliation and forge pathways towards stability. Recent visits have been made to Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão was recently appointed to the Advisory Council as an Eminent Person of the g7+. As a Former Prime Minister and President of Timor-Leste, H.E. Gusmão has the aptitude and experience to represent the g7+ at the highest levels.
H.E. Emilia Pires was appointed as special envoy of the g7+ group. She assists the chair and the group by providing advice on related matters. Given her experience as the former chair of the g7+ and having played a critical role in founding the group, she represents the group in relevant fora.
Further appointments of the members of the Council will be made soon.