United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

22 July 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 116


            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/842/Add.3)]

                 50/231.  Proposals on possible means of
                          absorption of the cost of new mandates
                          within the programme budget for 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,

      Recalling its authorizations for the Secretary-General to enter
into commitments in 1996 in respect of newly mandated activities in
Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador and Rwanda,  1/

      Recalling also its requests that the Secretary-General provide a
report, no later than 15 May 1996, on possible means of absorption of
the related costs within the programme budget for the biennium 1996-
1997, 1/

      Recognizing that the expenditures relating to the newly mandated
activities in Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador and Rwanda are
extraordinary in nature and are governed by the procedures specified
in paragraph 11 of annex I to resolution 41/213,

      Noting that it has approved commitment authority amounting to
24.7 million United States dollars for activities in Haiti, Guatemala,
El Salvador and Rwanda in 1996,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on possible
means of absorption,  2/

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;

      2.    Notes that the Secretary-General stated in his report that
he could not absorb any additional amount beyond the reductions of 154
million dollars required to maintain expenditures within the approved
appropriations and that he anticipated that new approved and
prospective mandates might require an additional 120 million dollars
during the course of the biennium;

      3.    Reiterates that the authority of the Secretary-General to
implement any proposal to change mandated programmes and activities is
subject to the prior approval of the General Assembly;

      4.    Requests the Secretary-General, subject to the full
implementation of all mandated programmes and activities as required
by its resolution 50/214, to submit a report to the General Assembly
no later than 1 September 1996 containing proposals on possible means
of absorption in the programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997,
including, inter alia, in part II thereof and in the area of staff
costs where savings might arise from the implementation of the early
separation programme during the biennium;

      5.    Decides to revert to the issue of appropriations in the
context of the first performance report;

      6.    Authorizes the Secretary-General, in responding to the
requirements of resolution 50/86 B of 3 April 1996 concerning Haiti,
to enter into further commitments of 1,767,300 dollars gross
(1,606,200 dollars net of staff assessment) for the period from 1 June
to 31 August 1996;

      7.    Also authorizes the Secretary-General, should the General
Assembly decide to extend the mandate of the International Civilian
Mission to Haiti beyond 31 August 1996, to enter into commitments up
to the end of December 1996 in an amount not exceeding a monthly level
of 627,900 dollars gross (567,700 dollars net of staff assessment).

                                                         120th plenary meeting
                                                                   7 June 1996


1/   See, inter alia, A/50/913 and A/50/914.

2/   A/C.5/50/67.

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