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F - Organization of the work of the session

14. At the opening meeting of the session, the Governing Council considered the organization of the work of the session in the light of the suggestions made by the secretariat in the annotations to the provisional agenda and the timetable of meetings suggested by the Executive Director (UNEP/GC.12/l/Add.1 and Corr.1).

15. At the same meeting, the Council decided to establish a sessional Committee ofthe Whole and to allocate to it agenda items 7 and 8, as well as parts of items 5 and 6. It was agreed that the Committee would be chaired by Yx. A. Al-Gain (Saudi Arabia) for its discussion of agenda item 8, and by Mr. G. Woschnagg (Austria) for its discussion of the remaining items.

16. The council further decided to establish an informal open-ended drafting group under the chairmanship of Mr. J. A. de medicis (Brazil), with a core membership of two representatives from each regional group, to ensure the initiation of draft decisions pertaining to the items considered in plenary and the co-ordination of draft decisions emanating from the committee of the Whole before their submission to the relevant body for formal consideration.