Organization of the work of the session
13. At the opening meeting of the session, the Governing Council considered and approved the organization of the work of the session in the light of the recommendations contained in the annotated provisional agenda (UNEP/GC.15/1/Add.1 and Corr.1) and the timetable of meetings suggested by the Executive Director (UNEP/GC.15/1/Add.1, annex I).
14. In accordance with rule of 60 of the rules of procedure, the Council, at the opening meeting of the session, decided to establish a sessional Committee of the Whole and to allocate to it agenda items 7 (a) (Co-operation between the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (Habitat)), 7 (c) (Guidelines for the revision of the
system-wide medium-term environment programme for the period 1990-1995) and 8 (Programme matters, including the
implementation of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification). The Council also decided to allocated to the Committee of the Whole those parts of agenda item 7 (b) (Reports of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination) dealing with the Co-ordination and follow-up of the Plan of Action to Combat Desertification. It was agreed that the Committee of the Whole would be chaired by Mr. G. Garcia (Colombia), Vice-President of the Council.
15. The Council also decided to establish an informal open-ended negotiating group under the Chairmanship of Mr. E. Rajakoski (Finland), Vice-President of the Council, with a core membership of two representatives from each regional group to consider the texts of draft policy decisions before their submission to the Plenary meeting of the Council for formal consideration.
16. The Council further decided that Mr. J. Nyagah (Kenya), Vice-President of the Council, would assist the President, particularly when administrative and financial matters were being considered.