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11/3. Process of preparation of the Environmental Perspective

The Governing Council,

Recalling that the General Assembly, in its resolution 37/219 of 20 December 1982, reiterated the importance it attached to the development of the Environmental Perspective to the year 2000 and beyond, and requested the Governing Council at its eleventh session to make, on the basis of a report

by the Executive Director, concrete recommendations on the modalities for preparing the Environmental Perspective,

Recalling also that the Governing Council at its session of a special character in 1982 invited the Governing Council at its tenth session to recommend the establishment of a special commission to be financed through voluntary contributions, inter alia, to propose long-term environmental strategies for achieving sustainable development to the year 2000 and beyond, 12/

Recalling further that the Governing Council at its tenth session decided to review the question of the future development of the Environmental Perspective, and requested the Executive Director to submit a report to it at its eleventh session, in the light of the outcome of consultations with Governments on how they could best contribute to the future development of the Environmental Perspective, 13/

Noting with appreciation the report of the Executive Director on the process of preparation of the Environmental Perspective, 14/

1. Notes the proposals of the Executive Director relating to the Special Commission and the relationship which should obtain between the Special Commission and the Governing Council, including a subsidiary organ to be established by the Governing Council; 15/

2. Decides to establish, subject to approval by the General Assembly of the financial implications, an open-ended intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee, as one of the points recommended by the Executive Director in his report, 16/ to assist it in carrying out its mandate in regard to the Environmental Perspective; considers that the committee should hold a first substantive session in May 1984 in conjunction with the twelfth session of the Council, noting from chapter II, paragraph 9, above that the cost of the intersessional intergovernmental preparatory committee will not

result in any net increase in the regular budget of the United Nations; and decides to consider the timing of future sessions of the Committee in the light of a progress report by the Executive Director to the twelfth session of the Council;

3. Affirms that the Environmental Perspective shall be prepared by the Governing Council through its intergovernmental intersessional preparatory

committee and transmitted to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council by the Governing Council, which in so doing shall benefit from its consideration of relevant proposals developed by the Special Commission.

4 Decides that on matters within the mandate and purview of the United Nations Environment Programme, the report of the Special Commission should in the first instance be considered by the Governing Council, for transmission to the General Assembly together with its comments, and for

use as basic material in the preparation for adoption by the General Assembly of the Environmental Perspective;

5. Recommends the draft resolution annexed to the present decision to the General Assembly for consideration and adoption.

8th meeting 23 1983

Annex

DRAFT RESOLUTION FOR ACTION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Process of preparation of the Environmental Perspective

to the year 2000 and beyond

The General Assembly

Recalling the importance it has attached at previous sessions to the development of the Environmental Perspective to the year 2000 and beyond,ailing also its request to the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme at its eleventh session to make concrete recommendations to

rally Assembly at its thirty-eighth session, through the Economic and Social at its second regular session in 1983, on the modalities for preparing the natal Perspective, 17/

1. Notes with satisfaction decision 11/3 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme on the process of preparation of the Environmental Perspective, adopted on 23 May 1983; 4L8/

2. Welcomes the desire of the Governing Council to develop the Environmental and transmit it to the General Assembly for adoption, benefiting in out that function from its consideration of relevant proposals made by a commission.

3. Approves the decision of the Governing Council to establish, to assist it Infilling its mandate in regard to the Environmental Perspective and to report in that respect, an intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee to evalulate to the Commission at an early stage in the latter's work the

Governing It’s expectations regarding the matters which it hopes will inter alia receive by the Commission; P8/ notes that the Commission, at a preliminary the formulation of its conclusions on matters within the mandate and f United Nations Environment Programme, should make them known

to the with a view to giving consideration to any views of the committee and notes from chapter II, paragraph 9, of the report of the Governing I on the work of its eleventh session that the cost of the intersessional Governmental preparatory committee will not result in any net increase in the budget of

the United Nations; 1.2/

Welcomes also the intention of a number of Governments to support the action of the Environmental Perspective by facilitating the establishment of a special Commission, through the provision of voluntary contributions for it;

4. Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and with Governments, and after such other appropriate consultations as they deem necessary, to name the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Commission, who

will subsequently select the members of the Commission and accordingly establish the Commission, which should co-operate closely with the intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee; the Chairman and Vice-Chairman should have experience of policy making at the highest level, demonstrated interest in environmental and developmental issues, and the capacity to attract attention to the work of the Commission, and should represent both developed and developing countries.

6. Expresses its view that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, in selecting the members of the Commission, should take fully into account the need for appropriate geographical distribution and regional balance in membership and the importance of ensuring that at least half of the members of the Commission are from the developing countries, as well as the need to consult as appropriate with representatives of Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, industry, the scientific community and others concerned with the environment

7. Requests the Executive Director to establish an interim special account under the financial regulations of the United Nations to which voluntary contributions would be credited and from which disbursements would be made for the purposes of the establishment of the Commission, custody over and responsibility for the account to be transferred to the Commission, in accordance with its procedures, upon its establishment

8. Suggests that the Commission, when established, should focus mainly on the following terms of reference for its work:

(a) To propose long-term environmental strategies for achieving sustainable development to the year 2000 and beyond.

(b) To recommend ways in which concern for the environment may be translated into greater co-operation among developing countries and between countries at different stages of economic and social development and lead to the achievement of common and mutually supportive objectives

which take account of the interrelationships between people, resources, environment and development;

(c) To consider ways and means by which the international community can deal more effectively with environmental concerns, in the light of the other recommendations in its report.

(d) To help to define shared perceptions of low-term environmental issues and of the appropriate e forts needed to ea successfully wit e problems of protecting and enhancing the environment, a long-term agenda for action during

the coming decades, and inspirational goals for the world community, taking into account the relevant resolutions of the session fPa special character of the Governing Council in 1982.

9. Further suggests that, in fulfilling its terms of reference, the commission should:

(a) Maintain an exchange of views with the scientific community, environmentalists and all other sections of public opinion, particularly youth, concerned with the environment, and those concerned with the relationship between development and environment

(b) Receive the views of Governments, principally through the Governing Council and its intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee, and through contacts with national leaders, opinion makers and concerned international figures,

(c) Maintain links with other intergovernmental bodies within and outside the United Nations system, while however using the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination and the Designated Officials for Environmental Matters as the channels of communication with the United Nations system; the willingness of the Administrative Committee to assist should be communicated to the Commission

(d) Take account of the scope of environmental issues as defined by the United Nations system-wide medium-term environment programme 20/ and as reflected in the efforts of the United Nations system, including the United Nations Environment Programme, in the field of the environment;

(e) Make full use of relevant existing reports and material;

10. Considers that the Commission should make available a report on environment and the global probl4matique to the year 2000 and beyond, including proposed strategies for sustainable development, within a period of two years from its establishment

11. Decides that, on matters within the mandate and purview of the United Nations Environment Programme, the report of the Commission should in the first instance be considered by the Governing Council of the Programme, for transmission to the General Assembly together with its comments, and for use as basic material in the preparation for adoption by the General Assembly of the Environmental Perspective;

12. Further decides that, on those matters which are under consideration and/or review by the General Assembly itself, the Assembly itself will consider the relevant aspects of the report of the Commission;

13. Recognizes ' that the Special Commission may in addition address its report, after consideration by the Governing Council or the intergovernmental intersessional preparatory committee, also to other forums, intergovernmental and non-governmental, or to Governments, individuals and the general public, as it sees fit, it being understood that the report of the Commission will not be binding on Governments.