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Convention of the Prior Informed consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade

The Governing Council

1. Authorizes the participation of the secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme in an Interim secretariat and in a secretariat to the Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, 12/ if so decided by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Convention, to be held in Rotterdam later in 1998, provided that such arrangements are satisfactory to the Executive Director and that costs additional to the implementation of the present voluntary procedure to met through extrabudgetary resources;

2. Agrees to accept changes in the voluntary prior informed consent procedure, it so decided by the conference of plenipotentiaries, provided that costs additional to the implementation of the present voluntary procedure be met through extrabudgetary resources.

6th meeting

22 May 1998

SS.V/6. Global Environment Facility

The Governing Council

1. Welcomes the progress made by the Executive Director in strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Global Environment Facility, pursuant to decision 19/12 of 7 February 1997 and the Nairobi Declaration on the Role and Mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme; 5/

2. Also welcomes the results of the first meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility, held in New Delhi from 1 to 3 April 1998;

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12/ For the text of the Convention as agreed by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for an International legally Binding Instrument for the Application of the Prior Informed Consent for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade at its fifth session, see UNEP/FAO/PIC/INC.5/3.

3. Further welcomes the successful conclusion of the negotiation of the second replenishment of the Global Environment Facility and notes the policy recommendations on actions to be undertaken by the Global Environment Facility to maximize its effectiveness and impacts, while respecting the prerogatives of the governing bodies of the implementing agencies

4. Further welcomes the revitalized profile of the United Nations Environment Programme as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility, as contained in the statement of the Executive Director to the first meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility;

5. Invites the Executive Director to take such additional actions as are deemed necessary to strengthen further the revitalized role of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Global Environment Facility, taking into account the decisions at the March 1998 meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council and the statement of the first meeting of the Global Environment Facility Assembly, and to present a report on those actions for consideration by the Governing Council at its twentieth session;

6. Also invites the Global Environment Facility to support the Executive Director’s efforts aimed at strengthening the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Global Environment Facility in accordance with the terms of reference of the Facility.