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11/1. Programme policy and implementation

The Governing Council,

Having considered

(a) The introductory report of the Executive Director and its addenda, 1/

(b) The annual report of the Executive Director, 2/

(c) The report of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination, 3/ and the Executive Director's report on the fifth joint meeting of the Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and the bureau of the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements with the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and the bureau of its Governing Council, 4/

I. POLICY MATTERS

1. Notes the request in General Assembly resolution 37/202 of 20 December 1982 on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the International Development Strategy for the Third United Nations Development Decade, calling inter alia, upon the relevant organs, organizations and bodies of the United Nations system to report on the results achieved in their respective sectors, and decides to consider the subject under an appropriate item on the agenda of its twelfth session;

2. Notes that the General Assembly, in section VI of its decision 37/442 of 20 December 1982 on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system, decided to review the implementation of all aspects of its resolution 32/197 at its thirty-ninth session, and requested the Secretary-General, in that regard, to submit a report, including as appropriate proposals for further action, on the implementation of sections III to VIII of the annex to resolution 32/1971 requests the Executive Director to invite the attention of the General Assembly to the relevant views of the Governing Council as expressed at previous sessions; and decides to revert to the matter at its thirteenth session with a view to considering any further views which it might wish to express on the matter

3. Notes other resolutions of the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session, and of the Economic and Social Council at its second regular session in 1982, which called specifically for action by the United Nations Environment Programme, and the follow-up and implementation of certain of those resolutions envisaged by the Executive Director;

4. Recalls its decision 10/26 of 31 May 1982 on additional resources for dealing with serious environmental problems in developing countries, and notes the two-pronged approach being followed by the Executive Director in implementing, on an experimental basis, the activities envisaged in the decision;

5. Requests the Executive Director, in co-operation with Governments and relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, to continue to promote and increase the exchange of information and experience with respect to the integration of environmental considerations in development activities, with a view to better co-ordination of efforts, avoidance of duplication and enhanced general understanding of the concept of sustainable development;

6. Reaffirms its views expressed at its tenth session regarding the regional presence of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and West Asia regions, and agrees that the presence should continue to be maintained

on the present basis in the European region;

7. Expresses its appreciation of the annual report presented by the Executive Director, and requests him to continue to submit similar reports to the Council at future sessions;

8. Encourages the Executive Director to continue, within available resources, an exploration of new information technology and its use in support of the Programme's information role, and requests him to report to the Council at its twelfth session on progress in this matter;

II. STATE-OF-THE-ENVIRONMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL DATA REPORTS

1. Notes with appreciation the Executive Director's report on the state of the environment for 1983; 5/

2. Reiterates its decision 10/1, section II, of 31 May 1982 on future state-of-the-environment reports;

3. Decides that the topic to be considered in the 1984 report on the state of the environment will be 'The environment in the dialogue between and among developed and developing countries’;

4. Requests the Executive Director to ensure that the report also contains an analysis of emerging environmental issues of global significance, which fall within the purview of the Programme's activities;

5. Also requests the Executive Director to report on major environmental events in the bimonthly Report to Governments and, if he considers it appropriate, o include a description and analysis of any exceptional major environmental events during the preceding year in his annual state-of-the-environmental report;

6. Also requests the Executive Director to ensure that the annual state-of-the-environment reports are presented in a printed, illustrated form, appealing to both policy-makers and the public, so as to ensure their wide distribution and enable them to serve as a basis for substantive debate

in the Council and for facilitating decision-making by Governments;

7. Requests the Executive Director, in regard to the preparation and presentation of environmental data, and within available resources,to;

(a) Evaluate in consultation with the other United Nations agencies, Governments and expert scientists, the list of indicators annexed to his note on the preparation and presentation of environmental data, 1/ and make specific proposals to the Council at its twelfth session on the final

choice of global, regional and national indicators and on the frequency with which they should be revised;

(b) Make specific proposals to the Council at its twelfth session on:

(i) How, and according to what timetable, selected indicators might be published, so as to bring the trends alive to the world community;

(ii) How an index of environmental data might be produced in co-operation with the United Nations Statistical Office;

(iii) How concrete assessment statements of major environmental problems might be produced;

8. Further requests the Executive Director to consider the potential role of the Programme in facilitating, inter alia, the monitoring of acidity of rainfall in developing countries where the extent of the acid rain problem is as yet unascertained, and the review, in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Commission of the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, of the environmental implications of the disposal of radioactive wastes at seal

III. CO-ORDINATION

1. Expresses its appreciation of the annual report of the Administrative Committee on CO-ordination to the Governing Council at its eleventh session;

2. Requests the Executive Director to convey to the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination a sense of the value the Council attaches to its annual reports, and in so doing recalls its previous decisions on the matter;

3. Notes the memorandum of understanding between the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Atomic Energy Agency;

5/

IV. CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME AND THE UNITED NATIONS CENTRE FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS (HABITAT)

1. Notes the report of the Executive Director on the fifth joint meeting of the Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and the bureau of the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements with the Executive Director of the United Nations

Environment Programme and the bureau of its Governing Council;

2. Recognizes the desirability of the closest co-operation between the Programme and the Centre.

3. Expresses satisfaction at the continuing co-operation between the secretariats of the Centre and the Programme, and requests the Executive Director to intensify, and where possible increase, such co-operation.

1. Requests the Executive Director to invite the Centre to participate in the programme efforts undertaken with respect to the development of environmental guidelines for solid waste disposal,

2. Further requests the Executive Director to ensure and promote wide dissemination and use of those guidelines, as well as of the guidelines for environmentally sound human settlement planning, and to consult Governments and relevant organizations on possible ways and means of assisting developing countries in that respect;

3. Expresses the view that annual meetings of the joint bureau, as provided for in General Assembly resolutions 32/162 of 19 December 1977 and 35/77 B of 5 November 1980, are no longer necessary after 19841

4. Requests the Executive Director, in consultation with the Executive Director of the Centre, to ensure that the above view is brought to the attention of the Commission on Human Settlements at its seventh session

V. INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT

1. Welcomes the Executive Director's call at the Councils eleventh session to industry to convene, in co-operation with the United Nations Environment Programme, an international conference which would consider ways in which industry might contribute more fully and effectively to environmentally sound development promote a broad exchange of information and experience on technologies and institutional approaches to industrial development, including industrial pollution control, recycling of wastes and low-waste and non-waste technologies; and consider ways in which the extensive technical resources of industry in both developed and developing countries can be mobilized and applied more effectively to environmental

management, including the identification of constraints and opportunities;

2. Requests the Executive Director to help ensure the widest possible participation in the conference by industry, Governments, international organizations and other appropriate groups, as well as geographical balance, so that it can meet a broad spectrum of immediate interest and needs;

3. Requests the Executive Director to ensure, within available resources, that all participants have the opportunity to receive before the conference the principal documents produced by the Programme, which are of relevance to the agenda items of the conference.

VI. PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE

Welcomes the initiative of the Executive Director, within available resources, to convene jointly with the Inter-Parliamentary Union a parliamentary conference on the environment, and requests him to intensify his consultations with the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary

Union to ensure a successful conclusion to that effort;

VII. RELATIONSHIP WITH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

1. Recalls its decision 10/1, section IV, of 31 May 1982, and notes with appreciation the Executive Director's initiatives in relation to non-governmental organizations.

2. Encourages the Executive Director to continue his dialogue and expand the United Nations Environment Programme's working relationship with environmental non-governmental organizations, and extend it, as appropriate, to those whose principal mandate is not directly environmental.

3. Notes the intention of the Executive Director to support to the extent possible a global meeting of environmental and developmental non-governmental organizations, to be convened in the near future;

VIII. DETAILED ASSESSMENT OF PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN OF ACTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

1. Approves the Executive Director's recommendation that at its twelfth session the Governing Council devote two days to a detailed assessment of progress in the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification

2. Also approves the procedure recommended by the Executive Director for the preparation of the assessment and its related information campaign,and urges him to ensure that the documentation being prepared for that assessment includes a thorough analysis of the state of implementation of the

principal components of the Plan, the lessons learned and the priorities for future action.