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Oceans and coastal areas (decisions 16/26 A to C)

75. At the 8th meeting of the session, on 31 May, the Council had before it two draft decisions on this subject (UNEP/GC.16/L.18 and Corr.1, draft decisions 13 and 19) approved by the Programme Committee on the basis of informal texts circulated, respectively, by Chile, Colombia and Peru and by Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Indonesia, Mauritania, New Zealand, Norway, Senegal, Sweden, Thailand and Tunisia, with amendments proposed by the United States of America.

76. It also had before it an amendment proposed by the Bureau to one of the draft decisions (UNEP/GC.16/L.56, amendment 6) and another draft decision on the same subject submitted by the Bureau (UNEP/GC.16/L.41) on the basis of an earlier draft submitted by the Vice-President of the Council, Chairman of the Programme Committee (UNEP/GC.16/L.26).

77. The Vice-President of the Council, Chairman of the Programme Committee, introduced a further amendment to the amendment submitted by the Bureau to the draft decisions submitted by the Programme Committee

78. The draft decisions, as amended by the Bureau and the Vice-President of the Council, Chairman of the Programme Committee, were adopted by consensus.