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E/1993/215


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
12 February 1993
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


Organizational session for 1993
26 January and 2-5 February 1993
Agenda item 5

                                             12 February 1993

1993/215. Procedural arrangements for the Commission on Sustainable
          Development

The Economic and Social Council,

     (a)  Decides that, with the following supplementary arrangements, the
rules of procedure of the functional commissions of the Economic and Social
Council shall apply to the Commission on Sustainable Development:

     Participation of and consultation with specialized agencies and
     participation of other inter-governmental organizations

     1.  While the participation of and consultation with specialized
agencies and the participation of other inter-governmental organizations
are governed by rules 71-74 of the rules of procedure of the functional
commissions, the Commission on Sustainable Development or a subsidiary
organ thereof shall invite relevant intergovernmental organizations within
and outside the United Nations system, including multilateral financial
institutions, to appoint special representatives to the Commission to serve
as focal points for the Commission's members and the Secretariat.

     Representation of and consultation with non-governmental
     organizations

     2.  Representation of and consultation with the non-governmental
organizations in the Commission would be governed by the following
arrangements that would supplement, solely for the purposes of the
Commission on Sustainable Development rules 75 and 76 of the Rules of
Procedure of the Functional Commissions of ECOSOC:

          (i)  Non-governmental organizations in category I or II or
     relevant and competent non-governmental organizations on the Roster
     may designate authorized representatives to be present and observe
     the meetings of the Commission and its subsidiary organs.

          (ii) These non-governmental organizations may, at their own
     expense, make written presentations to the Commission and its
     subsidiary organs through the Secretariat in the official languages
     of the United Nations as they deem appropriate. Those written
     presentations will not be issued as official documents.

          (iii)     These non-governmental organizations may be given an
     opportunity to briefly address the meetings of the Commission and its
     subsidiary organs. In view of the number of non-governmental
     organizations which have expressed their desire to be accorded that
     opportunity, the Chairman of the Commission or its subsidiary organ
     may request the non- governmental organizations concerned to address
     the meetings through one or more spokepersons. Any oral intervention
     by a representative of a non- governmental organization would be at
     the discretion of the Chairman of the Commission or its subsidiary
     organ and with the consent of the members of the commission or its
     subsidiary organ, as the case may be.

          (iv) Non-governmental organizations shall not have any
     negotiating role in the work of the Commission and its subsidiary
     organs.

          (v)  The Commission may consult with and/or hear, as
     appropriate, non-governmental organizations in category I or II or
     relevant and competent non-governmental organizations on the Roster
     either directly or through a committee or committees established for
     the purpose.

          (vi) Relevance and competence of non-governmental
     organizations to be included in the Roster shall be determined by the
     Council on the recommendation of the Secretary-General.

     (b)  Requests the Commission to encourage an equitable representation
of non-governmental organizations from the developed and developing
countries and from all regions and should also strive to ensure a fair
balance between non-governmental organizations with an environment focus
and those with a development focus;

     (c) Decides that any non-governmental organization which was
accredited to participate in the work of the Preparatory Committee for the
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development by the conclusion
of its fourth session can apply and shall be granted Roster status, subject
to approval of the Council and bearing in mind the provisions of Article 71
of the Charter of the United Nations.

     (d)  Invites non-governmental organizations, with a view to enhancing
their effective and coordinated contribution to the work of the Commission
and to the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development in general, to consider or to continue organizing themselves in
various constituencies and interest groups as well as setting up
non-governmental networks, including electronic networks, for exchange of
relevant information and documentation;

     (e)  Decides further, in the light of paragraph 2 above and its
decision (ECOSOC decision 1993/208), to make the following changes to the
rules of procedures of the functional commissions (Document E/5975/Rev.1):

          (i)  In footnote 1, add the Commission on Sustainable
     Development to the enumeration of functional commissions of the
     Council;

          (ii) In footnote 4, add a reference to the Commission on
     Sustainable Development;

          (iii)     Add a footnote to rules 75 and 76 reading:

          "The terms of representation of and consultations with the
non-governmental organizations in the Commission on Sustainable Development
have been further determined by the Economic and Social Council in its
decision 215".

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