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A/RES/50/230


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

22 July 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/Add.3)]


              50/230.  Progress report on the programme budget
                       for the biennium 1996-1997


      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming the budgetary process as adopted in its resolution
41/213 of 19 December 1986 and subsequent relevant resolutions,

      Recalling its resolutions 50/214 and 50/215 of 23 December 1995,

      Reaffirming also that changes in mandated programmes and
activities are the prerogative of the General Assembly,

      Reaffirming further regulation 5.2 of the Regulations Governing
Programme Planning, the Programme Aspects of the Budget, the
Monitoring of Implementation and the Methods of Evaluation, as adopted
in its resolution 37/234 of 21 December 1982,

      Noting that the Secretary-General, taking into account the views
of the competent intergovernmental bodies, may present proposals for
changes to mandated programmes and activities for consideration and
approval by such bodies,

      Noting also that Member States can present proposals for changes
to mandated programmes and activities in the context of the relevant
negotiations,

      Reaffirming its decision that savings in the programme budget for
the biennium 1996-1997 will not affect the full implementation of
mandated programmes and activities,

      Having considered the interim report of the Secretary-General  1/ 
and the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions,  2/

      1.    Endorses the conclusions and recommendations of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions;

      2.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit, through the
Advisory Committee, a report containing proposals for achieving
savings as called for in resolution 50/214 in the manner indicated in
paragraph 16 of the report of the Advisory Committee, 2/ no later than
1 September 1996;

      3.    Also requests the Secretary-General to ensure that, until
the above-mentioned report is considered by the General Assembly, all
mandated programmes and activities are implemented in full;

      4.    Notes that the programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997
was adopted in resolution 50/214 under unique circumstances and, as
such, does not constitute a precedent;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure that productivity
gains will not have a negative impact on his obligations, under
Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, to
recruit staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible, even on a
temporary basis;

      6.    Also requests the Secretary-General not to take any measures
that do not respect the prerogatives of the General Assembly;

      7.    Decides to revert to this question at its fifty-first
session upon receipt of the report of the Secretary-General.

                                                         120th plenary meeting
                                                                   7 June 1996


                                     Note

1/   A/C.5/50/57.

2/   A/50/7/Add.16.

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