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14/25. Environmental impact assessment

The Governing Council

Recalling part two, section B III, of its decision 11/7 of 24 May 1983, section III of its decision 12/14 of 28 May 1984, and section III C of its decision 13/18 of 24 may 1985,

Noting with appreciation that, in accordance with the above-mentioned decisions, the Working Group of Experts on Environmental Law has developed the Goals and Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment, 55/,

Mindful that the environmental impacts of development activities, which may on occasion reach beyond national boundaries, can significantly affect the sustainability of such activities,

Convinced that the integration of environmental and natural resources issues into planning and programme implementation is indispensable in a process of sustainable development,

Considering that environmental impact assessment is a valuable means of promoting the integration of environmental and natural resources issues into planning and programme implementation and thereby helps to avoid potential adverse impacts,

Adopts the Goals and Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment, as developed by the Working Group of experts on Environmental Law;

Decides that, with the development of the Goals and Principles, the task of the Working Group in this field is satisfactorily completed;

Requests the Executive director to bring the Goals and Principles, the task of Working Group in this field is satisfactorily completed;

Requests the Executive director to bring the Goals and Principles, together with the report of the Working Group, to the attention of all states and relevant international organizations, including multilateral development banks, and that, in doing so, he should inform them of the recommendation of the Governing Council that the Goals and Principles should be considered for use as a basis for preparing appropriate national measures, including legislation, and for international co-operation in the filed of environmental impact assessment, including further international agreements, where appropriate;

Further requests the Executive Director to this end:

To assist States, as appropriate, in implementing the Goals and Principles;

To conduct a survey of States and relevant international organizations on their experience in applying the Goals and Principles;

To investigate measures which could be undertaken to further international co-operation and agreement in the filed, including the application of environmental impact assessment to development projects with possible transboundary environmental effects;

To report to the Governing Council at its next regular session on these matters;

Recommends to the General Assembly that it should endorse the Goals and Principles and the recommendations of the Governing Council regarding their application.

14th meeting

17 June 1987