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A/RES/51/220


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

23 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 112


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/751)]


            51/220.  Proposed programme budget outline for
                     the biennium 1998-1999

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming its resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986, in which
it requested the Secretary-General to submit in off-budget years an
outline of the proposed programme budget for the following biennium,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General, 1/ the
related recommendations of the Committee for Programme and
Coordination 2/ and the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 3/

      1.    Reaffirms that the outline of the proposed programme budget
for the biennium 1998-1999 shall contain an indication of:

      (a)   A preliminary estimate of resources to accommodate the
proposed programme of activities during the biennium;

      (b)   Priorities reflecting general trends of a broad sectoral
nature;

      (c)   Real growth, positive or negative, compared with the
previous budget;

      (d)   The size of the contingency fund expressed as a percentage
of the overall level of resources;

      2.    Also reaffirms that the outline should provide a greater
level of predictability of resources required for the following
biennium, promote a greater involvement of Member States in the
budgetary process and thereby facilitate the broadest possible
agreement on the programme budget;

      3.    Takes note of the report of the Committee for Programme and
Coordination 2/ and the report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions; 3/

      4.    Invites the Secretary-General to prepare his proposed
programme budget for the biennium 1998-1999 on the basis of a total
preliminary estimate of 2,512 million United States dollars at initial
1996-1997 rates, recosted to 2,480 million dollars at revised 1996-
1997 rates;

      5.    Decides that the contingency fund shall be set at the level
of 0.75 per cent of the preliminary estimate at 1998-1999 rates,
namely at 19 million dollars;

      6.    Also decides that the proposed programme budget for the
biennium 1998-1999 shall contain provisions for recosting on the basis
of the existing methodology;

      7.    Further decides that the preliminary estimate of resources
for the proposed programme budget for the biennium 1998-1999 does not
include a provision for special missions for which there are no
legislative mandates;

      8.    Decides that the priorities for the biennium 1998-1999 are
the following:

      (a)   Maintenance of international peace and security;

      (b)   Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable
development, in accordance with relevant General Assembly resolutions
and recent United Nations conferences;

      (c)   Development of Africa;

      (d)   Promotion of human rights;

      (e)   Effective coordination of humanitarian assistance efforts;

      (f)   Promotion of justice and international law;

      (g)   Disarmament;

      (h)   Drug control, crime prevention and combating international
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit, in the context of
his proposed programme budget for the biennium 1998-1999, the
following information:

      (a)   Outputs deferred, postponed or curtailed in 1996-1997 and
their disposition in the proposed programme budget for the biennium
1998-1999;

      (b)   Number of posts for the biennium by section and by category;

      (c)   Proposed vacancy rate for the Professional and the General
Service categories for budgetary purposes;

      10.   Also requests the Secretary-General to prepare a
comprehensive policy paper which will examine all issues related to
the question of all additional expenditures referred to in paragraphs
10 and 11 of annex I to General Assembly resolution 41/213, including
those relating to the maintenance of peace and security, inflation and
currency fluctuation, and to submit that report to the Assembly,
through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions, no later than 31 May 1997 with a view to finding a
comprehensive solution to such questions.


                                                          89th plenary meeting
                                                              18 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/289.

2/    A/51/16 (Parts I and II); see Official Records of the General
Assembly, Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 16. 

3/    A/51/720.

 

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