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Organization of the work of the session

17. At the opening meeting of the session, the Governing Council considered the organization of the work of the session in the light of the recommendations contained in the annotated provisional agenda and organization of work and the provisional timetable of meetings suggested by the Executive Director (UNEP/GCSS.V/1/Add.1 and Corr.1).

18. The Council agreed that the following agenda items would be addressed primarily in plenary meetings: item 1 (Opening of the session); item 2 (Organization of the session); item 3 (Credentials of representatives (; item 4 (Confirmation of the members of the High-level Committee of Ministers and Officials); item 5 (Evaluation of the management and administrative support of the United Nations Environment Programme, as requested by the Governing Council in parts II and III of decision 19/22; item 6 (Review of the results and decisions of the special session of the General Assembly for the purpose of an overall review and appraisal of the implementation of Agenda 21 and of the conclusions of the High-level Committee of Ministers and Officials at its second meeting); item 7 (Adoption of the report); and item 8 (Closure of the session).

19. It was also agreed that there would be two panel discussions on :

(a) Chemicals: the new prior informed consent convention; and

(b) Clean development mechanism.

20. The Council further agreed to establish a Drafting Group, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sid-Ali Ketrandji (Algeria), vice-president of the Council, to prepare draft decisions for submission to the plenary.


  • Adoption of the agenda
  • Attendance
  • Credentials of representatives
  • Officers