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96 (V). Matters relating to the management of the Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme

The Governing Council,

Having considered the reports of the Executive Director on the implementation of the programme of the Fund of the United Nations Environment Programme in 1976 and on evaluation of Fund projects, 52/

1. Expresses its satisfaction at the high level of payments against pledges achieved in 1976, and appeals to Governments to maintain the same record of prompt payments in 1977 and future years;

2. Endorses the intention of the Executive Director to consolidate the programme of the Fund in 1977, leading towards greater concentration in 1978 and 1979;

3. Requests the Executive Director, in approving projects on the basis of their potential to fulfil the catalytic role of the United Nations Environment Programme, and in the formulation of future projects, to give careful consideration to the requirements of developing countries, in line with his efforts to raise the implementation capacity of the Programme;

4. Welcomes the introduction of the UNEP/FUND/PROJECTS/- series, and requests the Executive Director in preparing these documents to take into account the considerations expressed in the annex to the present decision;

5. Endorses the intention of the Executive Director to devote Fund resources to joint activities with co-operating agencies based on the results of joint programming exercises, and to develop, in particular, multiagency projects in line with the recommendations of the Environment Co-ordination Board;

6. Requests the Executive Director, in his continuation of the evaluation exercise, to take account of the observations made in the debate on this subject, and in particular to pay special regard to programme evaluation as an important part of the exercise, and to report regularly to the Governing Council at each session on the progress of this work;

7. Requests the Executive Director, in future reports, to provide more information on the type of evaluation used in project assessment showing information on the type of evaluation used in project assessment and indicating clearly the practical advantages achieved by the project.

74th meeting

24 may 1977