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429. The Council considered agenda item 14 at its 40th meeting. Introducing the discussion, the Deputy Executive Director pointed out that the Governing Council reported to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council; since the provisional dates for the latter's sixty-first session were 7 July to 6 August 1976, and bearing in mind the requirements of the six-week rule, the Governing Councils report would have to be prepared before the end of May 1976. Moreover, the fourth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was scheduled to be held at Nairobi, in the Kenyatta Conference Centre, for four weeks starting on 3 May 1976; since preparations for that meeting would occupy the previous week, the Governing Councils fourth session would have to be concluded by 24 April. However, Friday, 16 April and Monday, 19 April would be national and United Nations holidays in Kenya. To avoid the inconvenience and expense of a four-day interruption during the session, the Executive Director proposed that the Governing Councils fourth session should be held in Nairobi from 30 March to 14 April 1976; the informal consultations would take place on 29 March 1976.

430. The Deputy Executive Director also drew attention to a number of suggested changes in the provisional agenda for the fourth session as compared with the agenda for the third session.

Action by the Governing_ Council

431. At its 40th meeting, the Council adopted by consensus a recommendation by the President that the fourth session should be held in Nairobi from 30 March to 14 April 1976.

432. At the same meeting, the Council approved the provisional agenda for its fourth session 36/