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A/RES/50/213


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

29 February 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 116


           RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

        [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/842)]


          50/214. Questions relating to the proposed
                  programme budget for the biennium
                  1996-1997


                                I

     The General Assembly,

     Reaffirming its resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986 and
subsequent relevant resolutions,

     Recalling its resolution 45/248 B of 21 December 1990, in
which it reaffirmed that the Fifth Committee is the appropriate
Main Committee of the General Assembly entrusted with
responsibilities for administrative and budgetary matters,

     Recalling also its resolutions 45/253 of 21 December 1990
and 47/214 of 23 December 1992,

     Reaffirming the respective mandates of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and the
Committee for Programme and Coordination in the consideration of
the proposed programme budget,

     Stressing that the normal procedures established for the
formulation of the programme budget must be maintained and
strictly followed,

     Having considered the proposed programme budget for the
biennium 1996-1997  1/ and the reports of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and the
Committee for Programme and Coordination thereon,

     1.   Welcomes the timely preparation, and notes the improved
format, of the proposed programme budget for the biennium 1996-
1997;

     2.   Reiterates its request that the Secretary-General
present in future budget documents appropriate regular budget and
extrabudgetary expenditure forecasts to the end of the current
biennium to permit comparison with the request contained in the
proposed programme budget;

     3.   Endorses the conclusions and recommendations of the
Committee for Programme and Coordination on the programme
narrative of the proposed programme budget for the biennium
1996-1997 contained in the report of the Committee on the work of
its thirty-fifth session,  2/ without prejudice to the
priorities established by the General Assembly, and subject to
the provisions of the present resolution;

     4.   Regrets that the Committee for Programme and
Coordination was unable to make recommendations on the programme
narratives of some sections during its deliberations at its
thirty-fifth session;

     5.   Reiterates that the activities included in the proposed
programme budget must be derived from the medium-term plan for
the period 1992-1997  3/ and its revisions as adopted by the
General Assembly in its resolutions 45/253 and 47/214 and other
relevant intergovernmental decisions, and should be aimed at the
full implementation of the mandates, policies and priorities as
approved by the Assembly;

     6.   Stresses the role of the relevant intergovernmental
bodies in the consideration of the narrative of the proposed
programme budget as well as the necessity for a timely
presentation of their recommendations on the budget;

     7.   Also reiterates the need for the Secretary-General to
ensure that resources are strictly utilized for the purposes
approved by the General Assembly;

     8.   Notes with concern that the proposed programme budget
did not take into account its resolutions 48/218 A and B of 23
December 1993 and 29 July 1994, respectively, regarding the
strengthening of the external oversight control mechanisms;

     9.   Regrets that, in the proposed programme budget, the
Secretary-General failed to respect completely the priorities set
forth in resolutions 45/253 and 47/214;

     10.  Further reiterates that, when formulating the proposed
programme budget, the Secretary-General must respect fully the
priorities established by the General Assembly;

     11.  Decides to make the following changes to the programme
narrative in the final published version of the proposed
programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997: 1/

     (a)  Amend, as appropriate, references to "island developing
States" to read "small island developing States";

     (b)  In paragraph 71, third sentence, of the Introduction,
replace "in Eastern Europe and the countries in transition" by
"for countries with economies in transition";

     (c)  In paragraph 1.37, fourth sentence, after "efforts",
add "to promote international economic cooperation and economic
and social development and";

     (d)  In paragraphs 2.48 and 2.48.1 (a) (iii), delete "the
front-line States", and in paragraph 2.104.3 (b), delete ", but
not in Africa";

     (e)  In paragraph 7A.41, the last two lines should read:
"encouraging integration with national efforts through such
approaches as a programme approach, national execution and
country strategy notes, at the request of the recipient
Governments.";

     (f)  Redraft the beginning of paragraph 8.3 as follows: 
"The main objectives of the Department will be the promotion of
an integrated approach to economic, social and environmental
aspects of development, including the elaboration of perspectives
that will provide for sustainable, equitable and participatory
development.  The Department will develop and promote a
coordinated approach to key policy issues.  To that end, the
Department will help Governments, international organizations,
non-governmental organizations and others interested in
determining...";

     (g)  In paragraph 8.6, penultimate sentence, after
"regulation" add "as well as analysis of such issues as the role
of markets in fostering growth, the provision of public goods,
marginalization and social integration, human resources
development, the impact of economic sanctions and the peace-
development link";

     (h)  In paragraph 8.41, the last sentence should read: 
"Recent developments in the world economy reinforce the need to
view the development process as being increasingly integrated
through economic, social and political linkages.";

     (i)  In paragraph 8.42, delete the third sentence, reading
"In the area of security economics, the focus will be on
analysing the linkages between political and economic issues and
policies.", and amend the last sentence to read:  "The
subprogramme will also focus on reporting to the General Assembly
and the Security Council (as appropriate) on the impact of
multilateral economic sanctions, coercive economic measures,
participation of affected countries in post-conflict
reconstruction and rehabilitation of the crisis-stricken areas,
in the context of provisions of General Assembly resolutions
50/51 of 11 December 1995 and 50/58 E of 12 December 1995.";

     (j)  The beginning of paragraph 8.66 (a) should read:  "One
new P-5 post for research, analysis and policy studies on
international migration, in particular the refugee flows and the
causes, impact and different consequences of such movements
including the human rights aspects and economic consequences of
such population movements.";

     (k)  In paragraph 9.8, after "Unit", insert "for countries
with economies in transition";

     (l)  In paragraph 9.8 (e), delete "; at the same time, the
fellowships and technical assistance recruitment function at
Geneva will be discontinued";

     (m)  In paragraph 9.21, third and fourth sentences, after
"provided", add "upon the request of Governments";  

     (n)  In paragraph 9.24, second sentence, replace the
reference to "sustainable human development" by "sustained
economic growth and sustainable development", and delete "as well
as, where appropriate, within the context of the peace-to-
development continuum";

     (o)  In paragraph 9.29, at the end of the first sentence,
after "Agenda 21", add ", in the context of permanent sovereignty
over natural resources and of an integral approach to environment
and development";

     (p)  In paragraph 10A.4, add the Commission on Science and
Technology for Development to the list of subsidiary bodies;

     (q)  In paragraph 13.13, first sentence, after
"sophisticated forms", add "such as illicit traffic of children,
child prostitution and child pornography";

     (r)  In paragraph 18.28, after the first sentence, add the
sentence "All these activities will be implemented upon the
request of interested Governments, taking into account their
national priorities.";

     (s)  In paragraph 20.15, first sentence, after "are
implemented" insert "upon the request of Governments in
accordance with their national programmes and priorities";

     (t)  In paragraph 20.22, at the end of the first sentence,
add "by General Assembly resolution 47/214 of 23 December 1992
and subsequent relevant resolutions"; 

     (u)  In paragraph 21.2, at the end of the first sentence,
add ", in particular General Assembly resolution 48/121 of 20
December 1993, which endorsed the Vienna Declaration and
Programme of Action, and resolution 48/141 of the same date,
which created the post of United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights.", and delete the rest of paragraph 21.2;

     (v)  Delete paragraphs 21.3 to 21.6, inclusive, and renumber
the subsequent paragraphs;

     (w)  In paragraph 24.4, last sentence, after "humanitarian
advocate", add "consistent with the leadership role of the
Secretary-General and the guiding principles, including those of
impartiality, humanity and neutrality, set out in the annex to
resolution 46/182"; 

     (x)  At the end of paragraph 24.18.1. (h), delete "and
initiate a regime to limit stockpiling, production and trade of
land-mines (XB)";

     (y)  In paragraph 25.1, delete the reference to document
A/49/6;

     (z)  In paragraph 25.11, replace the last sentence by:  "In
that context, the activities of the United Nations information
centres and the programmes of the Department of Public
Information of the Secretariat, including those in support of
major United Nations conferences, are aimed at supporting the
main activities of the Organization, emphasizing those related to
peace, security and disarmament, economic and social development,
human rights and other political affairs, such as the question of
Palestine, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 48/44 B
of 10 December 1993.  The activities of the centres and the
Department, as well as the production of articles in magazines,
radio and television broadcasts, and a variety of important
publications, have all contributed substantially to promoting
that understanding all over the world.";

     (aa) In paragraph 25.12.3 (b) (ii), after the reference to
the Agenda for Peace, add ", already approved by the General
Assembly in its resolutions 47/120 A and B,";

     (bb) In paragraph 25.91, the first sentence should read:
"Information centres play a vital role in collecting, analysing,
summarizing and providing Headquarters with analysis, media
summaries and clippings on developments related to all United
Nations activities, including those related to international
peace and security.";

     (cc) In paragraph 26C.58, add an additional subparagraph
reading "(f) Providing language training in the six official
languages."; and in paragraph 26C.58.5, the first sentence should
read:  "Language training is provided in the six official
languages in accordance with resolution 2480 B (XXIII) of 21
December 1968, 43/224 D of 21 December 1988 and 50/11 of 2
November 1995."

     (dd) In paragraph 29.3, first sentence, before "peace-
keeping", add "development,";

     (ee) Paragraph 29.4 should read:  "The objectives of the
programme include ensuring compliance with resolutions of the
General Assembly and with regulations, rules and policies of the
United Nations; monitoring programme implementation and
evaluating the results achieved; reviewing and appraising the use
of financial resources of the United Nations in order to
guarantee the implementation of programmes and legislative
mandates; investigating alleged violations of United Nations
regulations, rules and pertinent administrative issuances; and
recommending policies and measures for the promotion of economy
and efficiency based on these audits, inspections and
investigations, in accordance with resolution 48/218 B";

     (ff) In paragraph 29.26 (a), first sentence, add the United
Nations Office at Nairobi to the list;


                               II

     Emphasizing that programmes and activities mandated by the
General Assembly must be respected and implemented fully,

     Also emphasizing the need for mandated programmes and
activities to be delivered in the most effective and efficient
manner,

     Noting those areas identified in chapter I of the first
report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions on the proposed programme budget for the biennium
1996-1997  4/ where the Advisory Committee, without
recommending reductions at present, believes economies can be
achieved, including, inter alia, the productivity gains that can
be realized as the result of technological innovations, review of
publications, strict control of expenditures on travel and
consultants, appropriate staff ratios and the possibilities for
greater accuracy in forecasting costing standards,

     1.   Approves the comments and recommendations of the
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions as
expressed in chapter I of its first report on the proposed
programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997, subject to the
provisions of the present resolution, and requests the Secretary-
General to take necessary measures thereon;

     2.   Reaffirms the budgetary process as approved in its
resolution 41/213;

     3.   Welcomes the efforts of the Secretary-General to
enhance efficiency in the preparation of his proposed programme
budget for the biennium 1996-1997;

     4.   Reaffirms that changes in mandated programmes and
activities are the prerogative of the General Assembly;

     5.   Notes that the Secretary-General intends to pursue
further efficiency gains on an ongoing basis and that gains in
the order of magnitude of 100 million United States dollars
during the biennium would be a reasonable expectation;

     6.   Decides that savings in the proposed programme budget
for the biennium 1996-1997 will not affect the full
implementation of mandated programmes and activities;

     7.   Requests the Secretary-General to present, as soon as
possible, and no later than 31 March 1996, to the General
Assembly, through the Advisory Committee, a report containing
proposals of possible savings for its consideration and approval;

     8.   Also requests the Secretary-General to make proposals
to the General Assembly as soon as possible, and no later than
the fifty-first session, on further measures to improve
efficiency, contain administrative costs and achieve savings in
the Organization with a view to enhancing programme delivery and
the implementation of all programmes and activities mandated by
the General Assembly;

     9.   Further requests the Secretary-General, when making
such proposals, to take into account areas identified in chapter
I of the first report of the Advisory Committee on the proposed
programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997;

     10.  Requests the Secretary-General, in making proposals for
such savings, to ensure the fair, equitable and non-selective
treatment of all budget sections;

     11.  Also requests the Secretary-General, in addition to the
biennial budget performance report, to present no later than the
end of the fiftieth session and in June 1997 a programme
performance report on the impact of approved savings measures on
the implementation of mandated programmes and activities;

     12.  Further requests the Secretary-General to ensure that
adequate resources are allocated in the 1996-1997 programme
budget for activities specifically relating to the least
developed countries in accordance with the priority accorded
thereto;

     13.  Decides that the vacancy rate in 1996-1997 will be 6.4
per cent for both Professional and General Service posts, subject
to review in the context of the above paragraphs;


                               III

     1.   Approves, subject to the modifications below, the
recommendations and observations of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions contained in chapter II of
its first report on the proposed programme budget for the
biennium 1996-1997, 4/ and requests the Secretary-General to take
the necessary measures concerning them; 

     2.   Decides to consider at its resumed fiftieth session the
modalities for the strengthening of the external oversight
mechanisms decided upon in its decision 47/454 of 23 December
1992;

Section 1. Overall policy-making, direction and coordination

     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that the
Office of the President of the General Assembly is provided with
adequate resources;

     4.   Accepts the level of resources proposed by the
Secretary-General for the Advisory Committee;

     5.   Also requests the Secretary-General to keep under
review the level of the post of the Executive Secretary of the
Board of Auditors, taking into account the increased workload of
the Board and General Assembly resolutions 48/218 A and B on the
strengthening of the external oversight bodies, and to report
thereon in the context of the proposed programme budget for 1998-
1999;

Section 2. Political affairs

     6.   Requests the Secretary-General to maintain the Division
of Palestinian Rights at its 1994-1995 approved staffing level,
to keep the staffing requirements of the Division under review in
the light of developments in the Middle East and to report
thereon to the General Assembly when necessary;

     7.   Also requests the Secretary-General to keep the
resource requirements for the Committee on the Exercise of the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People under review in the
light of developments in the Middle East and to report thereon to
the General Assembly when necessary;

     8.   Further requests the Secretary-General to ensure that
adequate resources are made available to ensure the continuation,
as appropriate, of the functions formerly carried out by the
Office of the Coordinator of Assistance for the Reconstruction
and Development of Lebanon;


     9.   Requests the Secretary-General to review the grade
structure of the Department of Political Affairs as recommended
in paragraph II.4 of the first report of the Advisory Committee
on the proposed programme budget, as well as the division of
responsibilities between the Department of Political Affairs and
the Department of Peace-keeping Operations so as to ensure the
clear delineation of their respective tasks and to avoid
duplication and overlap, as recommended in paragraph II.15 of the
report of the Advisory Committee;

     10.  Decides to keep the level of resources proposed for
travel of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to
the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of
Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples under review in
the light of actual expenditure patterns and to make proposals
thereon as appropriate in the context of the revised estimates
for the biennium 1996-1997;

Section 3. Peace-keeping operations and special missions

     11.  Takes note of the proposals of the Secretary-General in
section 3 of the proposed programme budget relating to the full
range of administrative support for ad hoc missions under the
good offices of the Secretary-General, peace-keeping operations
and other special and field missions, and of the comments and
recommendations of the Advisory Committee;

     12.  Decides, in this regard, to review the number of posts
and the level of appropriation for section 3 by 31 March 1996, in
the context of the comprehensive review of the Support Account;

Section 5. International Court of Justice

     13.  Requests all relevant entities at The Hague to continue
negotiations with the aim of obtaining economies through common
administrative services;

     14.  Accepts the proposal of the Secretary-General, subject
to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, for the
enlargement of the premises of the International Court of
Justice, subject to further review in the context of a savings
report called for in section II, paragraph 7 of the present
resolution;

Section 6. Legal activities

     15.  Notes the assurances given by the Secretary-General
that adequate resources are available within section 6 of the
proposed programme budget to enable the Secretary-General to
implement fully the provisions of General Assembly resolutions
49/60 of 9 December 1994 and 50/53 of 11 December 1995 regarding
measures to eliminate international terrorism;

Section 7A. Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable
Development

     16.  Approves the provision of 500,000 United States dollars
as the United Nations contribution to the financing of the
activities of the Non-Governmental Liaison Service;

     17.  Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that there are
adequate resources for follow-up to the World Summit for Social
Development, held at Copenhagen from 6 to 12 March 1995, and the
Fourth World Conference on Women, held at Beijing from 4 to 15
September 1995, as well as resources for climate change;

Section 7B. Africa:  critical economic situation, recovery and
development

     18.  Decides, pursuant to section V of its resolution 49/219
of 23 December 1994, to create a separate identifiable programme
budget section for the implementation of activities relating to
programme 45 of the medium-term plan for the period 1992-1997 as
revised by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/214;

     19.  Decides also to establish one P-5 post and to redeploy
from section 26H of the proposed programme budget one General
Service post to strengthen the implementation of activities
relating to programme 45 as revised by the General Assembly in
its resolution 47/214;

     20.  Requests the Secretary-General to review the level of
resources devoted to the implementation of activities related to
Africa:  critical economic situation, recovery and development,
and to make proposals with a view to strengthening those
activities, taking into account General Assembly resolutions
47/214 and 49/142 of 23 December 1994 and the recommendation of
the Committee on Programme Coordination in paragraph 101 of its
report 2/ to the General Assembly at its fiftieth session, and to
report thereon to the Assembly before the end of its fiftieth
session;

Section 8. Department for Economic and Social Information and
Policy Analysis

     21.  Endorses the proposals of the Secretary-General, as
contained in table 8.3 of the proposed programme budget, which
already include internal redeployments within the Department for
Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, and requests
the Secretary-General to review the staffing of the Department
with a view to achieving efficiency gains, including possible
redeployment of posts, and to report thereon to the General
Assembly at its resumed fiftieth session;

Section 9. Department for Development Support and Management
Services

     22.  Notes with deep concern the sharp decrease in the level
of extrabudgetary resources for the Department for Development
Support and Management Services, which has had an adverse impact
on its ability to carry out mandated activities, and requests the
Secretary-General to intensify his efforts to mobilize
extrabudgetary resources;

     23.  Endorses in principle the management objectives stated
in the proposal of the Secretary-General;

     24.  Also endorses the proposal of the Secretary-General
contained in paragraph 9.25 of the proposed programme budget;

     25.  Decides that the posts and related functions proposed
in paragraph 9.54 of the proposed programme budget for transfer
to New York shall remain at Geneva, pending a comprehensive
review by the Secretary-General of the implications of the
transfer for programme delivery, and requests the Secretary-
General to report thereon as soon as possible, but no later than
the resumed fiftieth session, with a view to achieving maximum
efficiency;

Section 10A. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

     26.  Approves the establishment of a P-4 post for the
follow-up to the Conference on Small Island Developing States as
approved by the General Assembly in its resolution 49/122 of 19
December 1994, and requests the Secretary-General to fill the
position on a priority basis;

     27.  Decides to maintain the D-2 post for transnational
corporation activities on a temporary basis;

Section 11. United Nations Environment Programme

     28.  Defers a decision on the abolition of the P-5 post of
energy expert pending a review by the General Assembly, on the
basis of information to be provided by the Secretary-General
during the resumed fiftieth session, of all posts that, as of 29
November 1995, had been vacant since 1 January 1994;

Section 13. Crime control

     29.  Approves the upgrading of the Crime Prevention and
Criminal Justice Branch to a division and the consequent
reclassification of the D-1 post of the Chief of the Branch to
the D-2 level;

     30.  Also approves the establishment of two P-3 posts for
activities relating to subprogramme 2 (Collaborative action
against transnational crime) and subprogramme 3 (Crime prevention
and criminal justice management) of section 13 of the proposed
programme budget;

     31.  Requests the Secretary-General, in strengthening the
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division, to review the
adequacy of resources made available for crime prevention
activities at the regional level and to report thereon to the
General Assembly at its fifty-first session;

     32.  Also requests the Secretary-General to report on the
status of implementation of the strategic management plan of the
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division as adopted by the
Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in its
resolution 1/1 of 29 April 1992,  including, inter alia,
those activities that have achieved demonstrable results in
combating international crime, assisting international law
enforcement or otherwise meeting current mandates of the United
Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of
Offenders and of the Commission;  

Section 14. International drug control

     33.  Endorses the proposal of the Secretary-General to
create two additional P-3 posts to strengthen the capacity of the
United Nations International Drug Control Programme;

Section 18. Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean

     34.  Endorses the urgent need reflected in paragraph 33.68
of the medium-term plan for the period 1992-1997 to study and
elaborate, in close cooperation with the United Nations
International Drug Control Programme, the economic and social
impact caused by the production and trafficking of narcotic and
psychotropic substances in Latin America and the Caribbean, and
approves the creation of one P-4 post, through existing
classification procedures, for activities related to subprogramme
9 (Social development) to undertake, in close cooperation and
coordination with the Programme, the functions contained in
paragraph 33.69 of the medium-term plan;

Section 20. Regular programme of technical cooperation

     35.  Approves expenditure under this section at the same
level as in 1994-1995;

Section 21. Human rights

     36.  Reaffirms the role of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights in promoting and protecting the
realization of all human rights, including the right to
development, and in enhancing support from relevant bodies of the
United Nations system for this purpose;

     37.  Requests the Secretary-General, taking into account the
proposals of the High Commissioner made in the context of the
ongoing process of restructuring the Centre for Human Rights, to
establish in the biennium 1996-1997 a new branch whose primary
responsibilities would include the promotion and protection of
the right to development;

     38.  Also requests the Secretary-General to formulate
appropriate programmatic follow-up to the activities to be
carried out by this branch, in particular follow-up to the
implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development
 in accordance with paragraph 6 of General Assembly
resolution 50/184 of 22 December 1995, for inclusion in the next
medium-term plan;

     39.  Decides that the Secretary-General shall report by 31
March 1996 to the General Assembly at its resumed fiftieth
session, making proposals on the appropriate level and
distribution of resources for the Centre for Human Rights, taking
into account paragraphs 36 and 37 above and the restructuring of
the Centre;

     40.  Endorses, pending consideration of the report of the
Secretary-General, the recommendations of the Advisory Committee
as contained in paragraph VI.11 of its first report on the
proposed programme budget;

Section 24. Department of Humanitarian Affairs

     41.  Endorses the proposal of the Secretary-General on the
level of resources assigned to section 24 of the proposed
programme budget;

     42.  Expresses deep concern over the sharp decrease in the
level of extrabudgetary resources for the Department of
Humanitarian Affairs, which has had an adverse impact on its
ability to carry out mandated activities, and requests the
Secretary-General to intensify his efforts to mobilize
extrabudgetary resources;

Section 25. Public information

     43.  Requests the Secretary-General to evaluate the
capability and effectiveness of United Nations information
centres in the performance of their functions, including, inter
alia, retrieval and dissemination of information, taking into
account electronic information, where accessible,  and to report
thereon to the General Assembly, through the Committee on
Information, at the fifty-first session;

     44.  Also requests the Secretary-General to evaluate the
activities of the Dag Hammarskjo"ld Library with a view to
improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its functioning;

     45.  Further requests the Secretary-General to ensure that
internal printing services are used more efficiently, limiting
external contracting to cases that are strictly necessary, unless
the external contracting provides the same services at a lower
cost;

     46.  Decides that the standards utilized to determine the
volume of work and the composition of the staff that provide
services for international conferences outside Headquarters
should be modified in order to reduce the costs of these
activities through the utilization of advanced technologies;

     47.  Reiterates its resolution 50/84 C of 15 December 1995
on public information activities relating to Palestine, and
requests the Secretary-General to provide the necessary resources
for these activities during the biennium 1996-1997;

     48.  Reaffirms the importance attached by Member States to
the role of the United Nations information centres in effectively
and comprehensively disseminating information about United
Nations activities, particularly in developing countries and
countries with economies in transition, and requests the
Secretary-General to continue to provide adequate resources to
enable them to carry out their mandated activities;

     49.  Also reaffirms the continued usefulness of publications
of the Department of Public Information in the dissemination of
information, and, taking into account paragraph 7 of General
Assembly resolution 50/31 B of 6 December 1995, requests the
Secretary-General to continue providing adequate resources for
that purpose;

Section 26. Administration and management

     50.  Decides to defer the proposal for the allocation of
financial and personnel resources for the reform of the internal
justice system as proposed in section 26A of the proposed
programme budget until the General Assembly takes a decision on
this issue;

     51.  Requests the Secretary-General, taking into account the
increased workload of the Fifth Committee, to designate a deputy
to the Secretary of the Fifth Committee as soon as possible but
no later than the beginning of the first part of the resumed
fiftieth session of the General Assembly;

     52.  Takes note of the proposal of the Secretary-General in
section 26B of the proposed programme budget relating to the
Peace-keeping Financing Division and the comments and
recommendations of the Advisory Committee thereon;

     53.  Decides, in this regard, to review the number of posts
and the level of appropriation for section 26B by 31 March 1996,
in the context of the comprehensive review of the Support
Account;

     54.  Decides also to maintain the two P-2 Language
Coordinator posts and the two full-time language teachers in the
Training Service;

     55.  Requests the Office of Internal Oversight Services to
undertake a comprehensive audit of the outsourcing practices,
including, in particular, the contracting process, and to report
thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session;

     56.  Requests the Secretary-General to consider extending
the application of section XVII of General Assembly resolution
36/235 of 18 December 1981 regarding language training for all
the main United Nations duty stations and to report thereon
during the fifty-first session of the Assembly; 

     57.  Decides further to maintain the current 1994-1995
staffing table for Conference and library services, Vienna;

     58.  Reaffirms the need for a comprehensive, substantive and
timely dialogue between Member States and the Secretary-General
on administrative and budgetary matters;

     59.  Notes the assurances given by the Secretary-General
that adequate resources are available to ensure the provision of
improved meeting arrangements and facilities for the holding of
bilateral meetings and contacts among Member States on a basis
similar to that provided during the fiftieth session of the
General Assembly, during subsequent sessions of the Assembly in
1996-1997;

     60.  Endorses the recommendation of the Advisory Committee
on section 26H of the proposed programme budget with the
exception of the General Service post redeployed to section 7B;

Section 27. Jointly financed administrative activities

     61.  Requests the International Civil Service Commission to
examine and report to the General Assembly on other less-costly
forms for collecting data on prices and for their studies on the
cost of living, including the Office of Human Resources
Management, from private and governmental sources, and the
possibility of outsourcing;

     62.  Endorses the request of the Advisory Committee that the
Joint Inspection Unit review its practice of allocating travel
funds so as to ensure their most efficient use, and recommends
that a system of allocating travel funds in accordance with
specific studies and activities related to the implementation of
the programme of work as approved by the Unit be established;

     63.  Requests the Joint Inspection Unit to establish
appropriate procedures to ensure that the travel system and work
procedures referred to in paragraph 62 above are respected;

     64.  Requests the Secretary-General to fill the existing
vacancies in the Joint Inspection Unit secretariat as soon as
possible and no later than 30 June 1996;

     65.  Also requests the Secretary-General, taking into
account the decision to strengthen external oversight mechanisms,
in close cooperation with the Joint Inspection Unit and in
conformity with the procedures for consultation with the
Administrative Committee on Coordination, to present proposals on
strengthening the Unit's secretariat in the framework of the
revised estimates for the programme budget for the biennium 1996-
1997;

Section 28. Special expenses

     66.  Requests the Secretary-General to review and report on
the cost of after-service health insurance;

Section 29. Office of Internal Oversight Services

     67.  Agrees to establish the following posts:  two P-3
(Monitoring and inspection), one P-5 (Evaluation), one D-1
(Investigations), one P-5 (Investigations) and one P-3/4
(Investigations);

     68.  Also agrees to establish, on a temporary basis, the
rest of the posts as approved by the Advisory Committee, subject
to the presentation of the workload analysis and job
descriptions;

Section 31. Construction, alteration, improvement and major
maintenance

     69.  Decides that for the biennium 1996-1997 only essential
repairs and construction, the deferral of which would endanger
occupational health and safety, leave the Organization in breach
of local building regulations or in the longer term not be cost-
effective, should be carried out and that, as a result, the
proposed estimates for alterations, improvements and major
maintenance would be reduced by 12 million dollars;

     70.  Takes note of the assurances given by the Secretariat
with regard to the status of implementation of the United Nations
construction project at Addis Ababa, and requests the Secretary-
General to take all necessary measures to ensure that the project
is completed as approved;

Section 33. International Seabed Authority

     71.  Approves the level of resources for conference
servicing of the International Seabed Authority under section 26E
of the proposed programme budget;

     72.  Also approves the level of resources for administrative
expenses of the International Seabed Authority recommended by the
Advisory Committee on the understanding that expenditures beyond
an amount of 776,000 dollars would, on an exceptional basis, be
absorbed under section 31 of the proposed programme budget;

Income section 3

     73.  Requests the Secretary-General to review the
functioning and operation of garages in the main duty stations,
taking into account the need to provide sufficient parking
facilities, and to submit proposals thereon to the General
Assembly at its fifty-first session;

     74.  Requests the Office of Internal Oversight Services to
examine the management of the catering facilities at Headquarters
and to report to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session;


                               IV

     1.   Decides that the amounts under expenditure sections 1
to 33 as provided under section III of the present resolution
represent a provisional total of 2,712,265,200 dollars;

     2.   Also decides that the projected level of savings to be
achieved during the biennium will be 103,991,200 dollars;

     3.   Further decides that the total level of expenditure
provided for in 1996-1997 is 2,608,274,000 dollars;

     4.   Decides therefore that Member States be assessed on the
basis of the amount of 2,608,274,000 dollars for the biennium
1996-1997.


                                            100th plenary meeting
                                                 23 December 1995


                              Notes

1/        Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth
Session, Supplement No. 6 (A/50/6/Rev.1), vols. I and II.

2/        A/50/16.

3/        Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-seventh
Session, Supplement No. 6 and corrigendum (A/47/6/Rev.1 and
Corr.1), vols. I and II.

4/        Ibid., Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 7 and
corrigendum (A/50/7 and Corr.1).

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