II - Report of the Programme Committee
REPORT OF THE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
1. Under the chairmanship of Mr. Charles A. Liburd (Guyana) the Programme Committee held 13 meetings between 20 and 27 May 1991, to consider agenda item 7 (Programme matters, including the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification), agenda item 6 (a) (Co-operation between the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and those parts of agenda item 6 (b) (Reports and follow-up of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification).
2. At the St meeting of the Committee, held on 20 May 1991,
Mr. J.N.O. Onyango (Kenya) was elected Rapporteur by acclamation. The
Committee also approved the organization of its work, as proposed in document
3. In considering the items on its work programme, the Committee had before it the following documentation: the suggested timetable for the Programme Committee (UNEP/GC.16/PC/L.1); chapter III of the Annual Report of the Executive Director for 1989 (UNEP/GC.16/2); chapter III of the Annual Report of the Executive Director for 1990 (UNEP/GC.1613); joint progress report of the Executive Directors of the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNEP/GC.16/11); part II of the 1990 Report of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination to the Governing Council at its sixteenth session (UNEP/GC.16/12); part II of the 1989 Report of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination to the Governing Council at the sixteenth session (UNEP/GC.16/13 and Corr.1 (English and French only)); proposed programme budget of UNEP for the biennium 1992-1993 (UNEP/GC.16/15 and Corr.1); set of proposed additional activities for 1992-1993 (UNEP/GC.16/15/Add.1); implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification 1989-1990 (UNEP/GC.16/16 and Corr.1); external evaluation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification (UNEP/GC.16/16/Add.1); report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly on possible adverse effects of sea-level rise on islands and coastal areas, particularly low-lying coastal areas (UNEP/GC.16/18); international conventions and protocols in the field of the environment (UNEP/GC.16/19); updated list of selected environmentally harmful chemical substances, processes and phenomena of global significance (UNEP/GC.16/20 and Corr.1); programme matters requiring policy guidance from the Council (UNEP/GC.16/21 and Corr.1 (English only)); strengthening three main units within the office of the Environment Programme by the establishment of programme activity centres (PACS) (UNEP/GC.16/21/Add.1 and Corr.1); modifications to the UNEP medium-term plan by the General Assembly (UNEP/GC.16/21/Add.2 and Corr.1 (English only) and 2); climate change, biological diversity, sustainable agriculture (UNEP/GC.16/21/Add.3); environmentally sound management of chemicals, in particular those that are banned or severely restricted, in international trade (UNEP/GC.16/21/Add.4); strategies for the protection and development of the oceans and coastal areas (UNEP/GC.16/21/Add.5); register of international treaties and other agreements in the field of the environment (UNEP/GC.16/Inf.4).
4. The Assistant Executive Director, Office of the Environment Programme, in introducing item 7, indicated those areas that required policy guidance. He referred to the Annual Reports of the Executive Director for 1989 and 1990 for a review of past activities, and pointed out the relationship between the proposed programme budget and the system-wide medium-term environment programme (SWMTEP) for the period 1990-1995. He also drew attention to the fact that UNEP's proposed programme of action took full account of recent General Assembly resolutions on environmental issues and placed greater emphasis on regional co-operation and inter-agency co-ordination. Theproposed programme budget, he pointed out, focused on the seven areas of concentration defined by the Governing Council in its decision 15/1. The Assistant Executive Director referred to the activities contained in the proposed programme and indicated the interrelationship among the different sub-programmes. He asked the members of the Committee for their views and guidance.