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United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

Publisher UN General Assembly
Author UN General Assembly
Publication Date 15 December 1972
Citation / Document Symbol A/RES/2994
Reference Twenty-seventh Session
Cite as UN General Assembly, United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 15 December 1972, A/RES/2994, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b00f1c840.html [accessed 20 January 2018]

XXVII. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE SECOND COMMITTEE
2994. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the responsibility of the international community to take action to preserve and enhance the environment and, in particular, the need for continuous international co-operation to this end,

Recalling its resolutions 2398 (XXIII) of 3 December 1968, 2581 (XXIV) of 15 December 1969, 2657 (XXV) of 7 December 1970, 2849 (XXVI) and 2850 (XXVI) of 20 December 1971,

Having considered the report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment[1] held at Stockholm from 5 to 16 June 1972, and the report of the Secretary-General thereon,[2]

Expressing its satisfaction that the Conference and the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment succeeded in focusing the attention of Governments and public opinion on the need for prompt action in the field of the environment,

1. Takes note with satisfaction of the report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment;

2. Draws the attention of Governments and the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme[3] to the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment[4] and refers the Action Plan for the Human Environment[5] to the Governing Council for appropriate action;

3. Draws the attention of Governments to the recommendations for action at the national level referred to them by the Conference for their consideration and such action as they might deem appropriate;

4. Designates 5 June as World Environment Day and urges Governments and the organizations in the United Nations system to undertake on that day every year world-wide activities reaffirming their concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment, with a view to deepening environmental awareness and to pursuing the determination expressed at the Conference;

5. Takes note with appreciation of resolution 4 (I) of 15 June 1972[6] adopted by the Conference on the convening of a second United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and refers this matter to the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme with the request that the Council study this matter, taking into account the status of implementation of the Action Plan and future developments in the field of the environment, and report its views and recommendations to the General Assembly so that the Assembly can take a decision on all aspects of the matter not later than at its twenty-ninth session.

2112th plenary meeting
15 December 1972



[1] A/CONF.48/14 and Corr.1.

[2] A/8783 and Add.1, Add.I/Corr.1 and Add.2.

[3] See resolution 2997 (XXVII), sect. 1.

[4] A/CONF.48 /14 and Corr.1, chap. 1.

[5] Ibid., chap. II.

[6] Ibid., chap IV.

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