Work on the interrelationships between people, resources, environment and development
1. By its decision 8/1 of 29 April 1980, the Governing Council agreed to the proposals of a high-level group of experts convened by the Executive Director (GC.8/2/Add.3) on the future work of the United Nations system and of UNEP on the interrelationships between people, resources, environment and development, and invited the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly to give favourable consideration to the implementatio of the recommendations made by the group. The Economic and Social Council, by resolution 1980/49 of 23 July 1980, recommended to the General Assembly the consideration of the Governing Councills decision and emphasized that models for studying such interrelationships should include the elaboration of a programme of work on the interrelationships, which should be closely linked with integrated system-wide programming and placed under the direction of the Director-General for Development and International Economic Co-operation, who should assume the over-all responsibility for the co-ordination of the system-wide efforts. The General Assembly, by its resolution 35/74 of 5 December 1980, endorsed the recommendations of the Governing Council and of the Economic and Social Council and requested the Secretary-General to take the requisite steps for their implementation. One of the proposals of the expert group agrees to by the Governing Council was for the establishment of a voluntary fund to be drawn upon for the cmmissioning of specific activities for the implementation of the programme of work.
2. The International Development Strategy for the Third United Nations Development Decade, adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 35/56 of 5 December 1980, states that the interrelationships between environment, population, resources and development must be taken into account in the process of development, that research on these interrelationships will be intensified and that bilateral and multilateral donors will provide assistance, including in the field of training, to develop the endogamous capacity of developing countries to follow methods which take fully into account the existing knowledge of the interrelationships.
3. The Executive Director, in implementation of Governing Council decision 8/1, convened in January 1981 a second session of the high-level group of experts to advise him on elements to be included in the action-oriented United Nations work programme on the interrelationships and on the role of UNEP in the work on the interrelationships to be undertaken by the United Nations system.
4. A summary of the recommendations of the high-level group of experts is annexed to this note. The Exective Director conmnds the annex for consideration by the Council and suggests that it may wish to give priority for action by UNEP to the case studies indicated in paragraph 10 (a), (b) and (i) thereof.
Appendix to annex II