United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

29 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 116


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

            50/217.     Unforeseen and extraordinary expenses
                        for the biennium 1996-1997

      The General Assembly

      1.    Authorizes the Secretary-General, with the prior concurrence
of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions
and subject to the Financial Regulations of the United Nations and the
provisions of paragraph 3 below, to enter into commitments in the
biennium 1996-1997 to meet unforeseen and extraordinary expenses
arising either during or subsequent to the biennium, provided that the
concurrence of the Advisory Committee shall not be necessary for:

      (a)   Such commitments, not exceeding a total of 5 million United
States dollars in any one year of the biennium 1996-1997, as the
Secretary-General certifies relate to the maintenance of peace and

      (b)   Such commitments as the President of the International Court
of Justice certifies relate to expenses occasioned by:

      (i)   The designation of ad hoc judges (Statute of the
            International Court of Justice, Article 31), not exceeding a
            total of 300,000 dollars; 

      (ii)  The calling of witnesses and the appointment of experts
            (Statute, Article 50) and the appointment of assessors
            (Statute, Article 30), not exceeding a total of 50,000

     (iii)  The maintenance in office for the completion of cases
            of judges who have not been re-elected (Statute,
            Article 13, paragraph 3), not exceeding a total of
            40,000 dollars;

      (iv)  The payment of pensions and travel and removal expenses of
            retiring judges and travel and removal expenses and
            installation grant of members of the Court (Statute, Article
            32, paragraph 7), not exceeding a total of 180,000 dollars;

      (v)   The work of the Court or its Chambers away from The Hague
            (Statute, Article 22), not exceeding a total of 50,000

      2.    Resolves that the Secretary-General shall report to the
Advisory Committee and to the General Assembly at its fifty-first and
fifty-second sessions all commitments made under the provisions of the
present resolution, together with the circumstances relating thereto,
and shall submit supplementary estimates to the Assembly in respect of
such commitments;

      3.    Decides that, for the biennium 1996-1997, if a decision of
the Security Council results in the need for the Secretary-General to
enter into commitments relating to the maintenance of peace and
security in an amount exceeding 10 million dollars in respect of the
decision, that matter shall be brought to the General Assembly, or, if
the Assembly is suspended or not in session, a resumed or special
session of the Assembly shall be convened by the Secretary-General to
consider the matter.

                                                   100th plenary meeting
                                                        23 December 1995

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