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MATTERS REQUIRING THE SPECIFIC ATTENTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND/OR THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

A. Date and place of the eleventh session of the Governing Council

19. At the 8th plenary meeting of the session, on 28 May, the Governing Council decided that its eleventh session would be held at Nairobi from 11 to 24 May 1983.

B. Action with respect to resolutions and decisions of the

General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council

20. By decision 10/1, section 1, paragraph 1 (See annex), the Council noted the actions taken or proposed with respect to resolutions and decisions of relevance to the activities of UNEP adopted by the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session and the Economic and Social Council at its second regular session in 1981. These actions are described in the addendum to the introductory report of the Executive Director dealing with such resolutions and decisions (UNEP/GC.10/2/Add.1), which also refers to other documents before the Council at its tenth session in which relevant information may be found.

21. The Governing Council’s response to paragraph 6 of General Assembly resolutions 36/192 of 17 December 1981, concerning the development of the environmental perspective to the year 2000 and beyond, is contained in decision 10/5 (see annex).

22. Governing Council decision 10/8 (see annex), on problems of remnants of war, is relevant to General Assembly resolution 36/188 of 17 December 1981, on the same subject.

23. By decisions 10/9 A and B and 10/10 (see annex), the Governing Council requested the Executive Director to take a number of actions relevant tot he implementation of General Assembly resolution 36/117 B of 10 December 1981, on simultaneous distribution of documents in the different languages of the United Nations. Attention is drawn in this respect to the comment of the executive Director contained in chapter III below, paragraph 67.

C. Restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations System

And identification of activities that have been completed or are absolute, of

marginal usefulness or ineffective

24. By decision 10/1, section 1, paragraphs 3 and 4 (see annex), the Governing Council concurred with the views of the Executive Director on the restructuring of the economic and social sectors of the United Nations system and endorsed his proposals on the identification by the General Assembly of obsolete and marginal activities and priorities in the environment Programme. These issues are discussed in sections IX and XI respectively of the Executive Director’s introductory report (UNEP/GC.10/2).

D. Periodicity of Governing Council sessions

25. The results of the Council’s consideration of this issue are reflected in decision 10/1, section III (see annex).

E. Regional presence of UNEP

26. Following its consideration of this issue, during which it had before it for information the report of the Secretary-general to the Committee for Programme and co-ordination on the distribution of tasks and responsibilities between the regional commissions and other United Nations entities in the field of the environment (E.AC.51/1982/7/Add.1), the Governing Council adopted decision 10/5 (see annex). Attention is drawn in this respect to the comments made in the Council at the time of the adoption of the decision (chap. below, paras. 35-37).

27. The Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly may wish to consider Governing Council decision 10/5 in the context of their discussion of the recommendations of the Committee for Programme and co-ordination on the subject.

F. Environmental Law

28. By decision 10/14, section VI, paragraph 1 (see annex) the Governing Council authorized the Executive Director, pursuant to General Assembly 34/186, to submit his report on co-operation in the field of the environment concerning natural resources shared by two or more states, on the Council’s behalf, to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session, through the Economic and Social Council. By paragraphs 2 and 3 of the decision, the Governing Council recommended to the General Assembly that it reiterate the terms of General Assembly resolution 34/186 as a whole, including its request to tall states to use the principles on the conservation and harmonious utilization of natural resources shared by two or more states as guidelines and recommendations in the formulation of bilateral and multilateral agreements regarding such resources, and that it request the Governing Council to submit in 1985 a further progress report on the implementation of the of the resolution.

29.By paragraph 4 of the same section, the Council authorized the Executive Director to transmit his report on international conventions and protocols in the field of theenvironment, together with the fifth supplement to the register of such conventions and protocols, to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session in accordance with resolution 3436 (XXX) OF 9 December 1975.

29. By paragraphs 6 and 7 of the same section, the Council proposes to the Assembly that it recommend to states that they consider the guidelines contained in the conclusions of the study by the Working Group of Experts on Environmental Law of the legal aspects concerning the environment related to off-shore mining and drilling within the limits of natural jurisdiction when formulating national legislation or undertaking negotiations for the conclusion of international agreements for the prevention of pollution of the marine environment caused by such mining and drilling, and recommended that it request the Governing Council to submit to it in 1985 a progress report on the use made of the conclusions.

G. Implementation of the plan of Action to Combat Desertification

30. By paragraph 6 of decision 10/14, section VII (see annex), the Governing Council authorized the Executive Director, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 35/73 of 5 December 1980, to transmit his report on the implementaiton of the plan of Action to Combat Desertification, and the decision of the Governing Council thereon, on the Council’s behalf, to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session, through the Economic and Social Council, as the biennial report of the Council to the Assembly on the implementation of the Plan of Action.

31. By paragraph 6 of decision 10/18 (see annex), the Council authorized the Executive Director, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 36/190 of 17 December 1981, to submit his report on the implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification in the Sudano-Sahelian region and the decision thereon, on behalf of the Governing Council, to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh session.

H. Additional resources for dealing with serious environmental problems in developing countries

32. Following the adoption of decision 10/26 (see annex), the Council agreed that the decision constituted its response tot he request of the Economic and Social Council for a report by the Governing Council on the subject. 3/