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14 February 2001


UNITED
NATIONS
EP
Governing Council
of the United Nations
Environment Programme
Distr.
GENERAL

UNEP/GC.21/9
14 February 2001

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


GLOBAL MINISTERIAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL
AT ITS TWENTY-FIRST SESSION


...

Environmental situation in the occupied Palestinian territories (decision 21/16)


1. At the 7th meeting of the Committee of the Whole, on 9 February 2001, the Committee agreed to transmit, in square brackets, the draft decision on the above subject for consideration by the Council on the basis of the draft decision contained in conference room paper UNEP/GC.21/CW/CRP.3, submitted by Egypt (on behalf of the Arab Group).

2. The representative of the United States of America wished the following statement to be placed in the record of the meeting:


3. The representative of Sweden, speaking on behalf of the European Union, said that in the opinion of the European Union, this was predominantly a political matter that should not be dealt with at that forum. The European Union would therefore abstain in the event of a vote.

4. The representative of Egypt stressed his country’s position that this was not a new issue in the Governing Council and that it was within the UNEP’s mandate to consider the environmental status of and provide assistance to the Palestinian State.

5. The representative of Israel said that the draft decision created a connection with political issues and discredited environmentalists because it turned the Governing Council into a political forum. UNEP had always focused on global environmental issues and should not be used for blatant political purposes.

6. The observer for Palestine expressed appreciation to those delegations that supported a “humanitarian request” from the Palestinian people who were facing an environmental catastrophe.

7. At the request of the representative of the United States of America, a vote on the draft decision was taken by roll-call. The draft decision was adopted by 19 votes to 1, with 21 abstentions. The voting was as follows: ...



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