Proposals of the High-level Expert Group on Interrelations
Exctracts from the report of the Executive Director
on the subject contained in document
1. The Executive Director considers that the study of interrelationships and the generation of proposals for action, such as would produce beneficial results in the over-all systematic context at the national, regional and global levels, is emerging as a major issue not only in the work of UNEP but indeed also in the United Nations system, capable ultimately of influencing the over-all priorities of the system in the economic and social fields. Under the terms of General Assembly resolution 3345 (XXIX) of 17 December 1974 and Economic and Social Council resolution 1979/49, the next report to the Economic and Social Council on the work on interrelationships should be accompanied by the views of the Governing Council; hence it will be a document for consideration by the Governing Council at its ninth session. In view of the importance of the subject, the Executive Director convened a high-level group of experts, itliich met in January 1980, 'U-o advise him on the role UNEP should assume in its own activities and in contributing to system-wide efforts.
2. The group of experts defined four main tasks in its work:
(a) Contribution to the development of a flexible conceptual framework for the study;
(b) Identification of issues which should be subjects for analysis;
(c) Definition of elements in a suitable process for efficient system-wide efforts on the interrelationships;
(d) Presentation of proposals for action by UNEP on the interrelationships.