United Nations Committee on Natural Resources

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1970, under resolution 1535 (XLIX) of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, replacing the former Ad Hoc Committee on the Survey Programme for the Development of Natural Resources. Restructured 1992, by ECOSOC decision 1992/218, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/235. Also referred to as Committee on Natural Resources. In accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1998/46, 31 Jul 1998, merged with U-XE3021 - United Nations Committee on New and Renewable Sources of Energy and Energy for Development to establish U-XE3532 - United Nations Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development.


Assist ECOSOC in planning, implementation and coordination of activities in the United Nations system for the development of natural resources, particularly minerals and water resources; establish guidelines for the provision of advisory services to member states; analyse resolutions in the natural resources field and prepare recommendations on the consolidation of their legislative basis; select and follow up priority questions of long-term problems and trends of world-wide significance in the field; examine reports on activities in the field and study problems of research and information exchange; produce recommendations to governments and bodies such as the UNDP on appropriate priorities, programme emphasis and other relevant matters concerning the exploration and exploitation of natural resources.


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Sessions (every even numbered year since 1992) of Committee, comprising 24 government-nominated experts in the field of natural resources, elected by ECOSOC for 4-year terms and acting in their personal capacities on the basis of: 6 from African States; 5 from Asian States; 5 from Latin American and Caribbean States; 6 from Western European and other States; 3 from Eastern European States. Working Groups (2): on minerals; on water resources.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy



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