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The Governing Council, Pursuing its functions and responsibilities as outlined in General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972, and subsequent mandates, including those emanating from the Nairobi Declaration on the Role and Mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme11 and the Malmö Ministerial Declaration,12 including to keep under review the world environmental situation in order to ensure that emerging environmental problems of wide international significance are prioritized and receive appropriate and adequate consideration by Governments, and to promote the contribution of the relevant international scientific and other professional communities to the acquisition, assessment and exchange of environmental knowledge and information, Recalling its decision 22/1 of 7 February 2003 on early warning, assessment and monitoring; decision 23/6 of 25 February 2005 on keeping the world environmental situation under review; and decision SS.X/5 of 22 February 2008 on the Global Environment Outlook: environment for development, Recalling also General Assembly resolution 60/30 of 29 November 2005 on oceans and the law of the sea, by which the General Assembly decided to establish a regular process under the United Nations for the global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects, to be jointly implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and General Assembly resolutions 61/222 of 20 December 2006 and 62/215 of 22 December 2007, Recalling further the findings and recommendations of the fourth Global Environment Outlook, Noting the findings contained in a number of other environmental assessment reports and publications released since the twenty-fourth session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in particular those prepared by the United Nations Environment Programme in cooperation with partners, Noting also the findings contained in reports on the state of the international assessment landscape,