ADOPTION OF DECISIONS
A. Environmental education and training in Africa105. In Committee 1, the draft decision, sponsored by the African group, was approved by consensus, as revised by the sponsors. The secretariat said that funds were not available to strengthen the staff of the Regional Office for Africa, but that the aims of the decision in that respect could be met by re-deployment of existing staff resources.
106. The delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany reserved its position on the grounds that the provisions of the decision would not suffice to meet the needs of African for environmental education and training. Those needs could only be met through funding, from bilateral and multilateral resources, within the framework of existing structures, supplemented by contributions from the Environment Fund.
B. Environmental training for Latin America and the Caribbean
107. In Committee 1, the draft decision, submitted by the Latin America group, was approved by consensus, as revised by the delegation of Argentina. The secretariat said that the co-ordinating role required of UNEP was expected to cost $10,000 a year for a two year period.
Additional resources for dealing with serious environmental problems in developing countries (decision 10/26)
108. The decision was adopted by consensus on the recommendation of Sessional Committee II. In the Committee, the delegation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, speaking on behalf of the delegations of the other socialist countries of Eastern Europe, said that, in joining the consensus on the draft decision, they had done so on the understanding that the mandate of UNEP would remain unchanged, that resources should not be transferred to UNEP from other international organizations, bilateral donors meant Governments.
109. The Environmental Fund (decision 10/27)
The decision was adopted by consensus on the recommendation of sessional Committee II. In plenary, the representative of Canada stated his understanding that the requirement for reporting contained in paragraph 27 of decision 10/27 covered all the issues the decision referred to.
Provisional agenda, date and place of the eleventh session of the Governing Council
110. At the 8th meeting or the session, on 28 May, the Council approved a recommendation by the Bureau concerning the provisional agenda, date and place of the eleventh session of the Governing Council, which also included a recommendation concerning the inter-sessional informal consultations with Governments (UNEP/GC.10/L.4). For the text of the decision, see the annex below.
111. The Executive Director said that, to comply with the limitation imposed by the General Assembly in resolution 36/117 A, section II on the length of documents submitted to it by the Secretariat and its subsidiary bodies, its was proposed that the full report on the session should be issued as a document of the Governing Council, with an abbreviated version to be presented to the Assembly. However, even the abbreviated version to be presented to the Assembly. However, even the abbreviated version, containing sections on organization of the session, matters requiring the specific attention of the Assembly of the Economic and social Council, consideration of decisions and the texts of the decisions, was expected to total some 52 pages.
1/ The membership of the Governing Council was determined by elections held at the 107th plenary meeting of the thirty-fourth session on the General Assembly, held on 18 December 1979, at the 84th plenary meeting of the thirty-fifth session, held on 5 December 1980, and at the 64th plenary meeting of the thirty-sixth session, held on 19 November (decisions 34/320, 35/313 and 36/314).
2/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-sixth session, Supplement No. 25 (A/36/25 and Corr.1), P. 144.
3/ Resolutions 1980/49, para.9. The request was repeated by the General Assembly in resolution 35/74, paragraph 12. By resolution 1981/73, paragraph 8, the Economic and Social Council agreed to consider the report at its second regular session in 1 982.
4/ Jamaica later advised the secretariat it had intended to vote in favour.
5/ UNEP/GC.10/5/Add.2 of 7 December 1981, annex, and Corr.1 and 2.