United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

11 December 1996



General Assembly
Fifty-first session
Agenda item 17 (c)

                              AND OTHER ELECTIONS

                   Election of the Executive Director of the
                     United Nations Environment Programme

                         Note by the Secretary-General

1.   The General Assembly, in section II, paragraph 2, of its
resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972, decided that the
secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) should
be headed by the Executive Director of the Programme, who should be
elected by the General Assembly, on the nomination of the Secretary-
General, for a term of four years.

2.   At its forty-seventh session, the General Assembly adopted
decision 47/310 of 8 December 1992, by which it elected, on the
recommendation of the Secretary-General, Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell as
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a
four-year term, beginning on 1 January 1993.  The term of office of
the current Executive Director thus expires on 31 December 1996.

3.   Bearing in mind the current process of review of the economic and
social sectors of the Organization under the aegis of the General
Assembly, and pending the outcome of the nineteenth session of the
Governing Council of UNEP, to be held in January 1997, and of the
special session of the General Assembly on the review of Agenda 21, in
June 1997, the Secretary-General recommends to the General Assembly
that the term of office of Ms. Elizabeth Dowdeswell as Executive
Director of UNEP be extended for a period of one year beginning on
1 January 1997.


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