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C - Provision of language facilities for the Committee of Permanent Representatives

28. The Governing Council, by its decision 15/12 of 25 May 1989, decided to recognize the requirements for full language services for meetings of the Committee of Permanent Representatives and to provide them as soon as funding for the costs of those services could be provided from the regular budget of the United Nations. In submitting proposals to the Secretary-General for the regular budget for 1992-1993 in respect of UNEP, the Executive Director included provisions for full language services for the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Those were not, however, retained by the Secretary-General in his proposed programme budget for 1992-1993. In its resolution 46/185 C, section XI, of 20 December 1991, the General Assembly took note of the report of the Secretary-General on the matter and endorsed the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions that 25 per cent of the costs for providing full language services to the Committee of Permanent Representatives should be included under the United Nations regular budget. Following the adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly, the Executive Director informed the Secretary-General that, pending consideration of the question by the Governing Council at its seventeenth session, resources from the Environment Fund could not be made available for the provision of language services to the Committee of Permanent Representatives. It was subsequently agreed that the costs of interpretation for the Committee of Permanent Representatives for 1992 and for the first half of 1993 (that is, up to the seventeenth session of the Governing Council) would be borne by the regular budget and that the matter would be presented to the Governing Council at its present session.

29. The Council, by its decision 17/36 of 21 May 1993, having considered the Executive Director's report on the subject (UNEP/GC.17/17/Add.1) and bearing in mind the view of the majority of countries that those costs should be borne in full by the regular budget of the United Nations, urged the Executive Director to request the Secretary-General to reconsider his proposal on the financing of interpretation facilities for the Committee of Permanent Representatives with a view to having the costs borne by the regular budget of the United Nations.