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C - Periodicity and duration of Governing Council sessions

23. By decision 11/2 of 23 May 1983, the Governing Council considered that, in view of the requirement by the General Assembly in resolutions 32/197 (annex, para. 43) and 37/234 of 21 December 1982 (annex, art. III, regulation 3.12) that the Council review the programme budget in odd years and the medium-term plan in even years, it was not feasible for the Council to meet biennially, and decided that there should be no Council session in 1986, on an experimental basis, and that in 1987 the Council should decide finally on the periodicity of its sessions in the light of the experience gained in the previous year.

24. Since the General Assembly, in its resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972, decided that the Governing Council should report to it annually, through the Economic and Social Council, this decision could not be put into effect without the Assembly's endorsement. Apart from the Governing Councils own report, moreover other reports which in response to various General Assembly resolutions would normally be submitted to it on behalf of the Council at its forty-first session, in 1986, were: the biennial report on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification (resolutions 32/172 of 19 December 1977 and 35/73 of 5 December 1980), the annual report on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification in the Sudano-Sahelian region (resolutions 33/88 of 15 December 1978, 34/187 of 18 December 1979, 35/72 of 5 December 1980, 36/190 of 17 December 1981 and 37/125 of 20 December 1982); and the annual report on the status of international conventions and protocols in the field of the environment (resolution 3436 (XXX) of 9 December 1975).

25. Apart from the above requirements for annual reporting by the Governing Council to the General Assembly, the Council itself is also required, on an annual basis, to:

(a) Review and approve the programme of utilization of resources of the Environment Fund (resolution 2997 (XXVII), sect. I, para. 2 (g))

(b) Consider the report of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination submitted to it in discharge of the responsibilities assumed by the Committee pursuant to General Assembly resolution 32/197 of 20 December 1977.

26. The views on periodicity and duration of Governing Council sessions expressed by delegations at the Councils eleventh session are reflected in the proceedings of that session (UNEP/GC.11/18, chap. III, paras. 17 and 18. An account of the adoption of the decision is contained in the present report (chap. III, paras. 38-40).