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Strengthening of UNEP

22. There was a general consensus that UNEP needed strengthening to tackle the work on which it was already engaged and the tasks likely to be entrusted to it in the future. However, many representatives while agreeing that some strengthening of UNEP was needed, considered that decisions on most of the Executive Director's proposals to that end should be postponed until after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development had been held in 1992, though one representative said that the imminence of the Conference should not prevent the Governing Council from carrying out its duties. Another representative said that it would be helpful if the secretariat could prepare a comprehensive paper on the future role of UNEP, and the structural changes required, for submission to the Conference.