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Process of preparation of the environmental perspective (decision 11/3)

41. At the 8th meeting of the session, on 23 May, the Council considered a draft decision on this subject submitted by the Bureau

(UNEP/GC.ll/L.11). The Executive Director confirmed that the holding of meetings of the intersessional intergovernmental preparatory committee would not result in any net increase in the United Nations regular budget, since savings from the new arrangements for ' Governing Council sessions and the

abolition of the intersessional informal consultations would offset the cost of the committee's meetings. In response to a question concerning the body to which the Special Commission would report, the Executive Director said that, since the Council itself would not be meeting in 1986, use could be made of the intersessional committee for such purposes. The report of the Special Commission would of course be brought before the Governing Council at its next full session, and the Council would thereafter report on it to the General Assembly.

42. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

43. The representative of the USSR, speaking on behalf of the group of socialist countries, placed on record their understanding that the Special Commission would work very closely with the intergovernmental intercessional committee, P that feedback between the two bodies would be ensured; that the election of the chairman and vice-chairman of the Commission would be agreed with Governments; that if a Government so wished, the appointment of members of the Commission would be cleared with that Government and that the report of the Commission would be circulated only after it had been approved by the Governing Council.

44. The President said he took it that the Soviet representative meant that the Commission's report would be circulated only after it had been considered by the Council.

45. At the 10th meeting, the President presented to the Council a formula and ,method proposed by the Bureau for use in deciding upon the membership of the intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee. In determining the number of members from each region, the Bureau suggested that each should be allocated roughly half of the number of seats allocated to it in the full Council.

The Bureau proposal therefore involved the following regional breakdowns

Africa 8 seats

Asia 7 seats

Eastern Europe 3 seats

Latin America and the Caribbean 5 seats

Western Europe and others 7 seats

46. The Council agreed to the proposal made by the Bureau, and the President requested the members of the regional groups to initiate consultations for the purpose of selecting countries to fill the seats allocated to each region.