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A/RES/45/248


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 December 1990

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                                                       A/RES/45/248
                                                       72nd plenary meeting
                                                       21 December 1990
 
Questions relating to the programme budget for the biennium 1990-1991
 
                                A
The General Assembly
                                I
           First report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
                           and Budgetary Questions
 
     Takes note with appreciation of the first report of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions;
 
                                II
Work-load standards for various categories of conference-servicing staff,
including clerical and typing staff, and work-load statistics for the
various conference services in the 1986-1987 and 1988-1989 bienniums
 
     Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on work-load
standards for conference-servicing staff and the related report of the
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions,
 
     1.   Takes note of the Secretary-General's revised work-load standards,
as modified by the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions;
 
     2.   Notes that the revised work-load standards reflect a further step
towards enhanced productivity of conference-servicing staff, including
improvements achieved through the application of new technologies;
 
     3.   Urges the Secretary-General and the Advisory Committee to keep these
standards under review in order further to enhance economy and efficiency in
conference-servicing activities;
 
     4.   Requests the Secretary-General to pursue through the Administrative
Committee on Co-ordination the elaboration of unified work-load standards for
conference-servicing staff within the United Nations common system and to
report thereon, through the Advisory Committee, to the General Assembly at its
forty-seventh session;
 
     5.   Requests the Advisory Committee to review with the organizations of
the United Nations system during this time the efforts being undertaken to
achieve the harmonization of work-load standards in conference-servicing of
all organizations of the United Nations system;
 
     6.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-seventh session, through the Advisory Committee, on progress
relating to the further development of work-load standards in
conference-servicing for all United Nations conference facilities, including
those of the regional commissions;
 
                                     III
            International Computing Centre:  1991 budget estimates
 
     Approves the 1991 budget estimates of the International Computing Centre,
amounting to 10,515,500 United States dollars, as contained in the report of
the Secretary-General;
 
                                      IV
         Recommendation of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
 
     Concurs with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions in paragraphs 6 and 7 of its report;
 
                                      V
           African Institute for Economic Development and Planning
 
     Concurring with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions in paragraph 14 of its report,
 
     1.   Requests the Governing Council of the United Nations Development
Programme to urge the Administrator of the Programme to implement fully
Economic and Social Council resolution 1990/72 of 27 July 1990, as follows:
 
     (a)  To give its full backing to the short-term training programme and
the research and advisory activities of the African Institute for Economic
Development and Planning;
 
     (b)  To continue its support for the activities of the Institute;
 
     2.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-sixth session on the implementation of its request to the Governing
Council; 
                                      VI
 Comprehensive review of the after-service health insurance programme
 
     Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General and the related report
of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions;
 
                                     VII
       Functioning and administrative support of the departments having
             mandates related to global social development issues
 
     Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;
 
                                     VIII
            Conference services and Division of Administrative
                   and Common Services at Vienna
 
     1.   Takes note of the reports of the Secretary-General and the related
comments of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization;
 
     2.   Endorses the conclusions and recommendations of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions contained in paragraphs
11, 25, 27 and 28 of its report;
 
                                      IX
               Integrated management information system project
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the integrated
management information system project;
 
     2.   Reiterates its request that the Secretary-General report to the
General Assembly on the cost benefits of the project;
 
                                      X
             Construction of additional conference facilities at
                           Addis Ababa and Bangkok
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
construction of additional conference facilities at Addis Ababa and Bangkok;
 
     2.   Requests the Secretary-General to proceed with the projects in
accordance with the revised timetables;
 
                                      XI
         Functioning of the multinational programming and operational
                centres of the Economic Commission for Africa
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;
 
     2.   Endorses the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions;
 
                                     XII
           United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
 
     Approves the recommendation that, on an exceptional basis, payment be
made for daily subsistence for representatives of the least developed
countries from the Voluntary Fund for Supporting Developing Countries
Participating in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
and its Preparatory Process;
                                     XIII
                  Standards of accommodation for air travel
 
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;
 
     2.   Reaffirms its resolutions 41/213 of 19 December 1986 and 42/214 of
21 December 1987;
 
     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to review the existing arrangements
in regard to payment of subsistence allowance and standards of air travel by
representatives of Member States in their official capacity to attend meetings
of various intergovernmental bodies and for other United Nations official work
and to submit concrete proposals to the General Assembly at its forty-sixth
session, through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions, with a view to ensuring consistency of travel arrangements within
the United Nations;
 
     4.   Also requests the Secretary-General to examine how the discounts and
other incentives offered by various airlines could be utilized to provide
savings to the United Nations and upgraded travel arrangements to
representatives of Member States, experts attending meetings of subsidiary
bodies and the Secretariat staff without incurring any additional expenditure
and to include his recommendations in this regard in his report to the General
Assembly at its forty-sixth session;
 
     5.   Further requests the Secretary-General, in the interim, to continue
to exercise his discretion in respect of business class travel for United
Nations official work, taking into account the status of the traveller and in
the light of the views expressed by Member States at the forty-fifth session
of the General Assembly;
 
     6.   Requests the Secretary-General to include in his report to the
General Assembly at its forty-sixth session information on the meetings
attended by eminent persons for whom exceptions have been made for first class
travel;
 
     7.   Decides to review at its forty-sixth session the arrangements
regarding the payment of subsistence allowance and accommodation for air
travel on the basis of the report of the Secretary-General to the General
Assembly at its forty-sixth session;
 
                                     XIV
                  Optical disc storage and retrieval system
 
     1.   Decides to defer until its forty-sixth session consideration of the
report of the Secretary-General on the optical disc storage and retrieval
system;
 
     2.   Requests the Secretariat to carry out consultations with the
permanent missions in order to determine the appropriateness of making the
system compatible with those of permanent missions and to report thereon to
the General Assembly at its forty-sixth session;
 
     3.   Empowers the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions to authorize the Secretary-General to enter into commitments for
additional requirements necessary for 1991, on the understanding that such
appropriations as may be necessary for 1991 would have first call on the
contingency fund of the programme budget for the biennium 1990-1991 at the
forty-sixth session;
                                      XV
                               Contingency fund
 
     Notes that a balance of 3,218,700 dollars remains in the contingency
fund.
 
                                      B
     The General Assembly
                                      I
    Revised estimates under sections 3, 13, 27, 31 and income section 1
 
                             Section 3C.  Namibia
 
     1.   Reaffirms its resolutions 44/243 A and B, of 11 September 1990, by
which, inter alia, it dissolved the United Nations Council for Namibia and
authorized the orderly completion of the programmes and activities for Namibia
during the period 1990-1994;
 
     2.   Decides, having taken note of the recommendation of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions in paragraph 4 of its
report and of the request made by the Government of Namibia for the holding of
a seminar on programme planning for the national reconstruction and
development of Namibia, to appropriate an amount of 241,800 United States
dollars for this seminar in the programme budget for the biennium 1990-1991;
 
     3.   Accepts the recommendation of the Advisory Committee contained in
paragraph 7 of its report regarding the urgency of the redeployment of the
remaining staff of the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Namibia,
on the understanding that the Secretary-General will report, as necessary, to
the Advisory Committee on this question in the course of 1991;
 
     4.   Reiterates its request to the Secretary-General to provide
assistance to the Government of Namibia in the preparation of a comprehensive
national census, taking into account the recommendations of the Advisory
Committee in paragraph 9 of its report;
 
     5.   Accepts the proposals of the Secretary-General related to the
residual obligations of the United Nations Institute for Namibia whose
operations have ceased on 30 September 1990, as decided in paragraphs 7 and 8
of resolution 44/243 B;
 
     6.   Reiterates its decision reflected in paragraph 15 of resolution
44/243 B that Namibians currently benefiting from assistance through the
United Nations Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa and
through the United Nations Trust Fund for South Africa shall continue to be
eligible for such assistance until they complete their programmes;
 
     7.   Decides that, in respect of the individual scholarship programme for
Namibian students, should there be a shortfall in funding, the
Secretary-General would be authorized to enter into commitments under the
regular budget, subject to the prior concurrence of the Advisory Committee;
 
     8.   Requests the Secretary-General and the United Nations Trust
Committee for the United Nations Fund for Namibia to give priority to the
execution of the individual scholarship programme, including through an appeal
early in 1991 for voluntary contributions;
 
     9.   Also requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its forty-sixth session, through the Advisory Committee, on the
financing of the individual scholarship programme for Namibian students;
 
         Section 3B.  Department for Special Political Questions, Regional
                      Co-operation, Decolonization and Trusteeship
 
     10.  Accepts the proposal of the Secretary-General to establish a
Transitional Unit for Namibia in the Department for Special Political
Questions, Regional Co-operation, Decolonization and Trusteeship;
 
     11.  Decides that the Transitional Unit for Namibia shall be composed in
1991 of four temporary posts, two at the Professional level (1 P-5 and 1 P-3)
and two at the General Service level;
 
     12.  Accepts also the proposal of the Secretary-General to redeploy
within the Department for Special Political Questions, Regional Co-operation,
Decolonization and Trusteeship, one Professional post (P-4 level) and one
General Service post (other level) from Programme support services to the Unit
for Special Emergency Programmes;
 
     13.  Decides that the functions of the Unit for Special Emergency
Programmes shall be reviewed by the Secretary-General, as recommended by the
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, in the context
of the preparation of the proposed programme budget for the biennium
1992-1993;
 
                    Section 3D.  Centre against Apartheid
 
     14.  Takes note of the proposals of the Secretary-General regarding the
establishment and reclassification of posts in the Centre against Apartheid,
and of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions thereon;
 
     15.  Decides, given the priority attached to activities against
apartheid, to establish on a temporary basis one Professional post (P-3 level)
and one General Service post (other level) in the Centre against Apartheid;
 
                 Section 13.  Economic Commission for Africa
 
     16.  Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General and the
recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions;
 
     17.  Recognizes that urgent action needs to be taken to establish
adequate standards of technology and management to ensure the efficient
functioning of the Economic Commission for Africa;
 
     18.  Approves the proposed office automation project of the Economic
Commission for Africa set out in the report of the Secretary-General;
 
     19.  Decides to appropriate an amount of 1,716,500 dollars for this
purpose under section 13 of the programme budget for the biennium 1990-1991,
as an exceptional measure, without prejudice to the new budgetary procedure
set out in General Assembly resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986,
particularly paragraph 10 of annex I thereto;
 
                       Section 27.  Public information
 
     20.  Takes note of the proposals of the Secretary-General and the
recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions on the financing of a new information centre, at Windhoek, in 1991;
 
     21.  Recalls recommendation 2 (h) contained in section II, paragraph 1,
of its resolution 44/50 of 8 December 1989, and urges the Secretary-General to
facilitate and expedite the establishment of an information centre at
Windhoek;
 
     22.  Requests the Secretary-General to make the necessary arrangements,
in consultation with the Government of Namibia, for organizing early in 1991
the briefings referred to in paragraph 82 (b) of his report;
 
     23.  Also requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its forty-sixth session a report on the implementation of
section I of the present resolution;
 
                                      II
      Review of translation and interpretation services for all official
               languages in the Economic Commission for Africa
 
     Having considered the note by the Secretary-General on the review of the
translation and interpretation services for all official languages in the
Economic Commission for Africa,
 
     1.   Expresses its concern over the difficulties experienced by the
Economic Commission for Africa, particularly in the area of conference
services;
 
     2.   Requests the Secretary-General to take action for the revival of a
training programme for translators/precis-writers in all official languages of
the Economic Commission for Africa and to report to the General Assembly at
its forty-sixth session, through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions, on the measures taken;
 
     3.  Also requests the Secretary-General to ensure that this training
programme is comparable in quality with other similar United Nations training
programmes and to make every effort to utilize existing facilities and
expertise within the region;
 
     4.  Invites the Secretary-General to take appropriate measures to ensure
the immediate recruitment of those candidates who, after completing their
training, have passed the competitive translators/precis-writers examination;
 
     5.  Further requests the Secretary-General to make proposals in the
proposed programme budget for the biennium 1992-1993 on the improvement of
conference services in the Economic Commission for Africa, including the
provision of a permanent staff for interpretation;
 
     6.  Decides to consider again the question of conference services for the
Economic Commission for Africa at its forty-sixth session, in the context of
the proposed programme budget for the biennium 1992-1993;
 
                                     III
                        Electoral assistance to Haiti
 
     1.   Decides to appropriate an amount of 5 million dollars to be placed
provisionally under the custody of the Secretary-General under section 1 of
the programme budget for the biennium 1990-1991, on the understanding that
such a decision does not imply any judgement on the nature of the activities
of the United Nations Observer Group for the Verification of Elections in
Haiti;
 
     2.   Also decides that this amount is to be financed as a revised
estimate arising from extraordinary expenses;
 
     3.   Decides further that this should not prejudge the way to treat
revised estimates arising from extraordinary expenses as referred to in
paragraph 11 of annex I to its resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986;
 
                                      IV
                International action to combat drug abuse and
                             illicit trafficking
 
     Taking into account all relevant resolutions on the overall number of
regular budget high-level posts in the Organization,
 
     Bearing in mind the need to maintain the overall integrity of the United
Nations Office at Vienna,
 
     Requests the Secretary-General to propose a comprehensive restructuring
of United Nations entities at Vienna with a view to a speedy implementation of
the expressed wish of the General Assembly both to strengthen the United
Nations Office at Vienna and to consolidate the United Nations drug structures
under an Under-Secretary-General;
 
                                      V
                Developments relating to the activities of the
                           Centre for Human Rights
 
     1.   Decides to accept the proposal for additional posts made by the
Secretary-General in paragraph 8 of his report on developments relating to the
activities of the Centre for Human Rights;
 
     2.   Also decides that the Secretary-General shall enter into commitments
for further resources equivalent to 1 P-4, 1 P-3 and 2 General Service posts
subject to review and concurrence by the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions on the basis of the results of his management and
work-load analysis which will be completed no later than January 1991;
 
                                      VI
             Procedures for administrative and budgetary matters
 
     1.   Reaffirms that the Fifth Committee is the appropriate Main Committee
of the General Assembly entrusted with responsibilities for administrative and
budgetary matters;
 
     2.   Reaffirms also the role of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions;
 
     3.   Expresses its concern at the tendency of its substantive Committees
and other intergovernmental bodies to involve themselves in administrative and
budgetary matters;
 
     4.   Invites the Secretary-General to provide all intergovernmental
bodies with the required information regarding procedures for administrative
and budgetary matters.