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Chemicals management (decisions 19/13 A to D)

Development of an international legally binding instrument for the application of the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade (decision 19/13 A)

36. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.58), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the Chairman of the chemicals working group, as amended by the representatives of Benin and Romania. The draft replaced draft decision UNEP/GC.19/L.18 submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

37. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

Further measures to reduce the risks from a limited number of hazardous chemicals (decision 19/13 B)

38. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.57 and Corr.1), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of a revised informal draft submitted by the Chairman of the chemicals working group that had been established by the Committee at its 3rd meeting, with technical amendments agreed by the Committee at the suggestion of the secretariat.

39. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

40. Following the adoption of the decision, the Executive Director said that its implementation would involve financial implications of an additional $100,000 over and above the allocation for 1997. UNEP would seek counterpart funding to enable the activity to be completed within the given timeframe.

International action to protect human health and the environment through measures which will reduce and/or eliminate emissions and discharges of persistent organic pollutants, including the development of an international legally binding instrument (decision 19/13 C)

41. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.61 and Corr.1), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the Chairman of the chemicals working group, as amended by the representatives of Benin, Colombia (on behalf of the Group of 77 and China), Iran (Islamic Republic of) and the Netherlands (on behalf of the European Union). The draft replaced draft decision UNEP/GC.19/L.17 submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

42. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

43. Following the adoption of the decision, the Executive Director said that its implementation would involve financial implications of $1.56 million over and above the allocation for 1997. UNEP would seek counterpart funding to enable the activity to be completed within the given timeframe.

Enhanced coherence and efficiency among international activities related to chemicals (decision 19/13 D)

44. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.60), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal draft submitted by the Chairman of the chemicals working group.

45. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

46. The representative of Netherlands, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said that, in the view of the European Union, the four decisions in question (19/13 A to D) constituted a cluster or package for the sound management of chemicals at the international level. That view had also been accepted by the chemicals working group.

47. Following the adoption of the decision, the Executive Director said that its implementation could involve financial implications of up to $75,000 over and above the allocation for 1997. UNEP would seek counterpart funding to enable the activity to be completed within the given timeframe.