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11/10. The Environment Fund

The Governing Council,

Having considered the financial report and audited accounts of the Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme for the biennium 1980-1981 ended 31 December 1981 _44/ and the financial report and interim accounts (unaudited) of the Environment Fund for the first year of the biennium 1982-1983 ended 31 December 1982, 45/ as well as the reports of the Executive Director on the implementation of the Fund programme in 1982, 46/ the management of the Environment Fund, 47/ the Revolving Fund (Information), 48/ the management of trust funds and other funds 49/ and project and programme evaluation, 5O/

1. Takes note of the financial report and audited accounts of the Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme for the biennium 1980-1981 ended 31 December 1981, and of the financial report and interim accounts (unaudited) for the first year of the biennium 1982-1983 ended 31 December 1982

2. Takes note also of the report of the Executive Director on the implementation of the Fund programme in 1982;

3. Expresses its appreciation to Governments that have contributed to the Environment Fund, and particularly to those that have done so for the first time in 1982 and 1983 and to those that have increased their contribution for those years-,

4. Reiterates its appeal to all Governments that have not yet pledged a contribution to the Environment Fund for 1983 to do so as soon as possible;

5. Again appeals to all Governments to pay their contributions as near as possible to the beginning of the year to which they relate;

6. Reaffirms the desirability of achieving a Fund programme during the period of the system-wide medium-term environment programme, 1984-1989, based on available resources of $42. 5 million per annum in 1982 prices, increased to take account of inflation in subsequent years in accordance with the rate used in compilation of the regular budget

7. Calls upon all Governments to make firm pledges of contributions for the years 1984 and 1985 before the end of 1983, and to increase such contributions to enable a Fund programme based on total contributions of $85 million in those two years to be achieved;

8. Renews its appeal to Governments that do not contribute to the Environment Fund in fully convertible currency to pay a part of their contribution in convertible currency for 1984 and an increasing proportion thereof in convertible currency in each year thereafter;

9. Reiterates its request to the Executive Director to make the most effective use of all currencies, taking into account the need for balanced project selection;

10. Endorses the proposal of the Executive Director that contributions outstanding in respect of the period 1978-1981 for which no confirmation of intention to pay has been received should be deleted from the estimate of resources; 51/

11. Endorses also the recommendation that the period of the system-wide medium-term environment programme (1984-1989) be regarded as a single medium-term plan period for the purpose of estimating resources of the Fund under the conditions for the estimation of future resources and their apportionment, paragraph 2 (d) 52/

12. Further urges Governments to support Fund programme activities in which they are particularly interested by making counterpart contributions to individual projects under rule 204.1 of the Financial Rules of the Fund;

13. Endorses the recommendation that the Environment Fund's input in staff time financed from the programme and programme support costs budget should be regarded as sufficient contribution by the Environment Fund for purposes of accepting counterpart funds for projects under the provisions of rule

204.1 of the Financial Rules of the Fund

14. Reiterates its wish that the Executive Director should aim to arrange that the allocations for the programme and programme support costs budget do not exceed 33 per cent of the estimated contributions for any given year;

15. moves an appropriation of $70 million for Fund programme activities and of $2 million for Fund programme reserve activities for the biennium 1984-1985;

16. Decides to apportion the appropriation for Fund programme and Fund programme -reserve activities as follows:

1984-1985 Percentage

(Thousands of

US dollars)

Health and human settlements 7150 10.21

Environment and development 8050 11.50

Earth watch 8500 12.14

Terrestrial ecosystems 10800 15.44

Oceans 7400 10.58

Water 3000 4.29

Desertification 6700 9.57

Arms race and the environment 400 0.57

Environmental awareness 12000 17.13

Regional support 6000 8.57

Total Fund programme activities 70000 100..00

Fund programme reserve 2000

Total 72000

17. Requests the Executive Director to allocate available resources to the different budget lines so far as possible in proportion to the approved apportionment.

18. Reconfirms the Executive Director's authority to adjust the apportionment by 20 per cent in each budget line,-within the overall appropriation for Fund programme activities in 1984-1985;

19. Stresses the need to maintain the liquidity of the Fund at all times.

20. Authorizes the Executive Director to enter into forward commitments of up to $16 million for Fund programme activities in the years 1986-1987;

21. Takes note of the report on the Revolving Fund (Information)-,

22. Authorizes the Executive Director to allocate from the Fund programme reserve to the Revolving Fund (Information) the amount required to bring the uncommitted balance of the latter at 1 January 1984 to the sum of $100,000.

23. Takes note of the report on the management of trust funds and other funds.

24. Approves the extension for a further two years until 31 December 1985 of trust funds established under the rules of the Environment Fund, as follows.-

(a) The Regional Trust Fund for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates;

(b) The Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution;

(c) The Trust Fund for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora;

(d) The Trust Fund for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the West and Central African Region.

(e) The Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme;

(f) The Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Seas;

25. Urges Goverronents to pay their contribution to the trust funds as near as possible to the beginning of the calendar year to which the contribution applies;

26. Takes note with satisfaction of the report on project and programme evaluation, and encourage the Executive Director to continue strengthening evaluation activities.

8th meeting 23 May 1983