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LINKAGES AMONG AND SUPPORT TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENVIRONMENT-RELATED CONVENTIONS

8. Agenda item 7 was taken up by the Governing Council at its 4th plenary meeting, on 2 February 1999.

9. Under this item the Council had before it the following documentation: the report of the Executive Director on strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in promoting collaboration among environmental conventions (UNEP/GC.20/16); the report of the Executive Director on programmatic support provided by the United Nations Environment Programme to environmental conventions (UNEP/GC.20/17); and report of the Executive Director on international conventions and protocols in the field of the environment (UNEP/GC.20/18). The Council also had before it draft decisions submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on status of international conventions and protocols in the field of the environment; and strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in promoting collaboration among environmental conventions and in providing programmatic support to environmental conventions (UNEP/GC.20/L.6).

10. Introducing the item, the Executive Director recalled that the Governing Council at its fifth special session has endorsed the inclusion of "enhanced coordination of environmental conventions and development of environmental policy instruments" as one of the areas of concentration of UNEP. Consequently, he had established a Division on Environmental Conventions within the secretariat, the strategic mission of which was mapped out in the documents before the Council under the item. The relevant draft decision before the Council would, if adopted, allow UNEP to play a more effective role in enhancing cooperation among conventions. More details could be found in the programme budget, which was currently under discussion in the Committee of the Whole.