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K - The environmental effects of the conflict between Iraq and Kuwait

40. The General Assembly, in paragraph 2 of its resolution 47/151 of 18 December 1992, called upon the organizations and programmes of the United Nations system, in particular the International Maritime Organization and UNEP, to pursue their efforts to assess the short-term as well as the long-term impact of the environmental degradation of the region affected by the conflict between Iraq and Kuwait and to consider measures that might be needed to counteract those effects.

41. At its seventeenth session, having considered the matter and noting that the updated report on the environmental effects of the conflict between Iraq and Kuwait (UNEP/GC.17/INF.9) was not satisfactory and did not fully reflect the real devastation and damages to the environment in the region, and recognizing that proper assessment of the long-term impacts of the burnt oil wells and the massive oil spill on different components of the environment, as well as the public health of the region, would require further detailed investigations, the Governing Council, by its decision 17/7 of 21 May 1993, requested the Executive Director to continue UNEP leadership in coordinating the efforts of the United Nations, as well as other international organizations, to assess fully the environmental situation, to support programmes of the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment on the issue and to mobilize funds needed for different assessment and rehabilitation programmes.