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F - Desertification, including the contribution of UNEP to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the elaboration of an international convention to combat desertification

33. In response to General Assembly resolutions 35/73 of 5 December 1980 and 39/168 B of 17 December 1984, by which the Assembly requested the Governing Council to continue to report every other year to the Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, on the overall implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification and to make the necessary arrangements at each session for submitting a report to the Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, on the implementation in the Sudano-Sahelian region of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification, the Governing Council, by paragraph 2 of its decision 17/19 A of 21 May 1993, authorized the Executive Director to submit her report on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification in 1991 and 1992 (UNEP/GC.17/14), which included a report on the implementation of the Plan of Action in the Sudano-Sahelian region, on behalf of the Council, through the Economic and Social Council, to the General Assembly at its forty-eighth session.

34. In response to paragraph 8 of General Assembly resolution 47/188 of 22 December 1992, on establishment of an intergovernmental negotiating committee for the elaboration of an international convention to combat desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa, in which the Assembly invited UNEP to make appropriate contributions to the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee in the conduct of its mandate, the Governing Council, by paragraph 8 of its decision 17/19 A of 21 May 1993, requested the Executive Director to continue to cooperate fully, within existing resources, in the committee's preparations for the desertification convention, inter alia, by making available the scientific and technical resources of the secretariat. In addition, the Council, by paragraph 2 of its decision 17/2 of 21 May 1993, endorsed the actions proposed by the Executive Director concerning the international convention, as contained in her report on additional proposed follow-up actions to resolutions related to the Rio de Janeiro Conference adopted by the General Assembly at its forty-seventh session (UNEP/GC.17/20, paras. 5-7). Those actions include, in particular, putting at the disposal of the conference secretariat all the information and data UNEP had compiled over the past 15 years about desertification, notably the detailed and comprehensive report prepared by UNEP at a Cost of over $1 million and submitted to the Rio de Janeiro Conference through the Preparatory Committee at its fourth session.