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Strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme (decision 16/1)

1. At the 8th meeting of the session, on 31 May 1991, the Council had before it a draft decision on this subject submitted by the Bureau (UNEP/GC.16/L.54) prepared on the basis of earlier drafts submitted by Uganda, on behalf of the States members of the Group of 77, (UNEP/GC.16/L.33) and by Guyana (UNEP/GC.16/L.36 and Corr.1).

2. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

3. Speaking in explanation of position after the adoption of the decision, the representative of the United States said that he wished to correct the false impression given by certain daily newspapers in Nairobi that the United States wanted UNEP headquarters moved to another location. The United States considered it important that UNEP headquarters should be in a developing country, and Nairobi was an excellent site. It did, however, believe that some activities should be based in other countries, but only in those cases where that would strengthen rather than weaken the Programme.

4. The representative of the United Kingdom welcomed the statement of the United States. The United States attitude during the session had made it very clear that the reports in local newspapers were misleading.