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H - United Nations Centre for Urgent Environmental Assistance

36. The General Assembly, by paragraph 26 of its decision 47/191 of 22 December 1992, inter alia, invited the Governing Council to report to the Assembly at its forty-eighth session on the experience gained within the United Nations Centre on Urgent Environmental Assistance, which had been established at the beginning of 1992, on an experimental basis, for a period of 18 months. However , at its seventeenth session, the Council, in its decision 17/26 of 21 May 1993, having taken note of the report of the Executive Director on the experimental stage of the Centre (UNEP/GC.17/29) and welcoming with appreciation the support and assistance extended to the Centre by Governments, the European Community and the bodies, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations, decided to extend the experimental stage of the Centre for a further 12 months. It also decided, by paragraph 4 of the same decision, that, during the extended period, the Centre should restructure its present activities to focus its capacities to address the mandate set forth in that paragraph. By paragraph 5 of the same decision, it requested the Centre to convene a governmental advisory meeting in November 1993 for a first consideration of the findings of the exercise called for in paragraphs 4 (a) and (b) of the decision and an initial drafting of proposals for decision. By paragraph 7 of the decision, the Executive Director was requested to submit a final comprehensive report and recommendations to Governments, through the Committee of Permanent Representatives, for decision at the end of the 12-month period.