dinate GCEP activities with other relevant authorities. The Council consists of 20 members representing the various ministries and other relevant directorates. The presidents of the four environmental nongovernmental organizations are full members of the Council. The major function of the Council will be to approve, inter alia, environmental protection policies, regulations, specifications and standards, and the annual budget.
As a first measure, the GCEP established ambient air quality standards (JS:1140/ 1996), and, by year's end, was in the process of establishing other environmental standards. In 1996, Jordan completed its country programme on biological diversity and launched an action plan to implement this programme.
Jordan became a party to the UN Convention for Combating Desertification (instrument deposited 18 October). As a party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and in cooperation with LTNDP, Jordan is implementing a national action plan to meet its obligation toward implementing the convention. UNDP is also assisting Jordan to prepare its national programme to implement Agenda 21.
[Editors' Note: The India report features two separate entries by different authors]
In 1996, India ratified no new international environmental agreement (IEA) or instrument. However, India maintained its post-UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), consistently strong interest in international environmental law, evident both in terms of its participation within the frameworks of IEAs as well as followup action domestically. Under Art. 253 of the Constitution, the Union Parliament has been authorized to make any law for the whole or any part of the territory of India for implementing any treaty, agreement, or convention with any other country or countries or any decision made at an international conference, association or other body. Moreover, there is supplementary authorization in certain entries (regarding distribution of legislative powers) of the Union List in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution. Cumulatively, those provisions have the effect of providing almost overriding legislative competence in these matters to the