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Land degradation

The Governing Council.

Recognizing that Land degradation, including Desertification and deforestation, is a priority area for many countries, especially developing countries, particularly those in Africa.

Recognizing also the major role that the United Nations Environment Programme plays in Desertification control, including as an implementing agency of the Global Environment Facility, in activities to combat land degradation as they relate to the focal areas of the Global Environment Facility.

Welcoming the identification by the chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility in his statement to the Governing Council at its fifth special session of the issue of land degradation as a priority area on which the United Nations Environment Programme should focus, as well as the statement of the first meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility which, inter alia, states that the “GEF should seek to better define the linkages between land degradation, particularly Desertification

and deforestation, and its focal areas and to increase GEF support for land degradation activities as they relate to the GEF focal areas”.

1. Requests the Executive Director to continue to promote action to assist, upon request, and within the framework of existing Programmes of the United Nations Environment Programme and in collaboration with other United Nations bodies, parties to the United Nations convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, 13/ with the implementation of the Convention;

2. Calls upon the Executive Director, upon request, and within the framework of existing Programmes of the United Nations Environment Programme and in collaboration with other United Nations bodies, to continue to promote action to assist countries, particularly those in Africa, with the implementation of regional plans of action to combat land degradation;

3. Requests the Executive Director, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility, to examine ways to further strengthen the role of the United Nations Environment Programme in the Global Environment Facility in activities aimed at combating land degradation as they relate to the focal area of the Global Environment Facility ;

4. Requests the Executive Director to report on the implementation of the present decision to the Governing Council at its twentieth session.

7th meeting

22 May 1998

Other decision

Members of the High-Level Committee of Ministers and Officials

At the 2nd meeting of the fifth special session, on 20 May 1998, the Governing Council formally confirmed the following states as members elected to the High-level Committee of Ministers and Officials in accordance with paragraph (b) of its decision 19/32 of 4 April 1997: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, ** Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, *** India,**** Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan,* Kenya , Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan,* Peru, Philippines,* Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa,**** Senegal, Sri Lanka,**** Switzerland, Thailand,**** Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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* For 1997/1998 only.

** For 1998 and 2000

*** For 1997 and 1999

**** For 1998/99 only.

13/ A/49/84/Add.2,annex, appendix II.