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PROGRAMME 13: REGIONAL AND TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION

227. Pointing out the significant increase in the budget for this subprogramme and its larger appropriation at national level, the Assistant Executive Director explained that this was intended to ensure that as many countries as possible would benefit from UNEP's experience in this area. He underlined that the assistance was offered essentially as a catalyst, and priority was being given to strengthening the capacity of developing countries to tackle serious environmental problems themselves. In this context, he invited donors to contribute to projects in developing countries through UNEP's clearing-house and other mechanisms.

228. One representative expressed appreciation for the current level of co-operation in the field of environment in West Asia, as well as the hope that this would be further strengthened through greater support of United Nations programmes.

229. The Assistant Executive Director observed that UNEP was increasing its support for developing countries in planning and introducing environmental management measures.

ACTION BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

230. On completing its consideration of agenda item 8, the Committee adopted its report on its deliberations under the item (UNEPIGC.15/L.21 and Add.1) and approved a number of decisions for adoption by the Council (UNEP/GC.15/L.22 and Add.1-3). The action taken by the Council is reported in chapter II above.