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Desertification (decisions 16/22 A to E)

64. At the 8th meeting of the session, on 31 May, the Council had before it four draft decisions on this subject (UNEP/GC.16/L.18 and Corr.1, draft decisions 7 A to D) approved by the Programme Committee on the basis of drafts submitted by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (UNEPIGC.16/PC/L.4 and L.5) and amended by the Committee on the proposal of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

65. The Council also had before it an amendment proposed by the Bureau to one of the draft decisions (UNEPIGC.16/L.56, amendment 2) and another draft decision on the same subject submitted by the Bureau (UNEP/GC.16/L.48),, prepared on the basis of an earlier draft submitted by Morocco on behalf of the African Group (UNEP/GC.16/L.37).

66. The draft decisions, as amended by the Bureau, were adopted by consensus.

67. After the adoption of the decisions, the Executive Director said that his understanding of paragraph 1 of decision

16/22B was that the Council was requesting him to make a recommendation on the subject to the General Assembly, which

had established the Consultative Group for Desertification Control and was the only body with the authority to change its

mandate.