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A - Opening of the session

2. The seventeenth session of the UNEP Governing Council was opened on 10 May 1993 by Mr. L. P. J. Mazairac (Netherlands), President of the Council at its sixteenth session, who outlined the main tasks before the Council at the session in the light of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, from 3 to 14 June 1992, and the changing world situation in the post-cold-war era.

3. At the opening meeting of the session, the Council heard a statement by the Executive Director of UNEP. The statement was subsequently circulated under the symbol UNEP/GC.17/28/Add.l.