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Mercure satellite communications system (decision 19/30)

100. At the same meeting, the Governing Council had before it a draft decision on this subject (UNEP/GC.19/L.64), which had been approved by the Committee of the Whole on the basis of an informal proposal by Austria, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, with revisions introduced by the representative of the United Kingdom. The proposal had incorporated into draft decision V in the compilation of suggestions regarding draft decisions that had been considered by the Drafting Group of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (UNEP/GC.19/L.23) the amendments thereto proposed by the secretariat at the request of the Chairman of the Committee and previous amendments proposed by Austria, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

101. The draft decision was adopted by consensus.

102. Following the adoption of the decision, the Executive Director said that its implementation would involve financial implications of an additional $1.4 million over and above the allocation for 1998-1999 Fund programme activities. UNEP would seek counterpart funding to enable the activity to be completed within the given timeframe.