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RESULTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S CONSIDERATION OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL'S REPORT TO THE ASSEMBLY AT ITS FIFTY THIRD SESSION ON ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

1. Agenda item 6 was taken up by the Council at its 3rd plenary meeting, on 2 February 1999.

2. Under the item, the Council had before it the report of the Executive Director on the results of the General Assembly's consideration of the Secretary﷓General's report to the Assembly at its fifty-third session on environment and human settlements (UNEP/GC.20/15), supplemented by two information documents, namely, a note by the secretariat transmitting to the Governing Council the report of the United Nations Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements to the Secretary-General (UNEP/GC.20/INF/3) and the note of the Executive Director transmitting to the Council the report of the Secretary-General on environment and human settlements, presented to the General Assembly at its fifty-third session (UNEP/GC.20/INF/13). The Council also had before it a draft decision on the subject, submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (UNEP/GC.20/L.9).

3. The item was introduced by the Executive Director, who reviewed the background composition and work of the United Nations Task Force on Environment and Human Settlements and outlined its main recommendations. Although the General Assembly had not yet concluded its consideration of the item at its fifty-third session, the Secretary-General, in his message read out to the Governing Council at the 1st meeting of the session, had said that he would welcome the views of the Council thereon, especially on those aspects that would directly affect its work.

4. Following the introduction by the Executive Director, the Council heard statements under the item by the representatives of Colombia (on behalf of the Group of 77 and China), Germany (on behalf of the European Union), Kenya (on behalf of the African Group) and Switzerland.

5. At its 4th plenary meeting, on 2 February 1999, the Council heard statements under the item by the representatives of Algeria, Argentina (on behalf of the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries), Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Hungary, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden (speaking in his capacity as a member of the Task Force), Thailand and the United States of America. At the same meeting, the Council also heard statements by the representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council, who spoke also on behalf of the Human Ecology Council of Kenya and the International Federation of University