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A/RES/51/221


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 116


                  RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/750)]


            51/221.  Questions relating to the programme
                     budget for the biennium 1996-1997

                                       A

      The General Assembly

                                       I

             REVISED ESTIMATES RESULTING FROM THE RESOLUTIONS AND
                 DECISIONS OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

      Takes note of the estimates of 501,000 United States dollars
under section 13 (Crime control) and 595,200 dollars under section 14
(International drug control) on the understanding that such additional
appropriations as may be necessary will be determined in accordance
with the procedures for the use and operation of the contingency fund,
taking into account the results of the first performance report of the
Secretary-General on the programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997; 1/

                                      II

         REQUEST FOR A SUBVENTION TO THE UNITED NATIONS INSTITUTE FOR
            DISARMAMENT RESEARCH RESULTING FROM THE RECOMMENDATIONS
             OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE INSTITUTE ON THE WORK
                      PROGRAMME OF THE INSTITUTE FOR 1997

      Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General 2/ and of the
recommendations thereon of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions, and approves the subvention of 213,000
dollars for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research for
1997;



                                      III

                        INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY

      Recalling its resolution 48/263 of 28 July 1994, in which it
decided to fund the administrative expenses of the International
Seabed Authority until the end of the year following the year during
which the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982
entered into force,

      Recalling also its resolution 50/214 of 23 December 1995, in
which it made provision for the budget of the Authority for 1996,

      Having considered the note by the Secretary-General transmitting
the budget of the Authority for 1997, 3/

      1.    Approves the recommendation thereon of the Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions in its report; 4/

      2.    Requests the International Seabed Authority to take all
necessary action to ensure that its budget for 1997 is implemented
with a maximum of efficiency and economy;

      3.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to provide conference
services for the meetings of the Authority to be held from 17 to
28 March and from 18 to 29 August 1997 from the resources available
under section 26E (Conference services) of the programme budget for
the biennium 1996-1997; 5/

      4.    Decides to make a provision of 2,750,500 dollars for the
Authority for its administrative expenses in 1997 under section 33
(International Seabed Authority) of the programme budget for the
biennium 1996-1997;

      5.    Decides also that the provision for 1997 should be charged
to the contingency fund;

                                      IV

              FIRST PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR THE BIENNIUM 1996-1997

      1.    Takes note of the first performance report of the Secretary-
General on the programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997 1/ and the
related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary questions; 6/ 

      2.    Reaffirms its resolution 41/213 of 19 December 1986;

      3.    Notes that, according to the first performance report,
involuntary separations of staff have not been used in order to
implement its resolutions 50/231 and 50/232 of 7 June 1996;

      4.    Approves a net decrease of 5,580,200 dollars in the
appropriations approved for the biennium 1996-1997 and a net decrease
of 19,682,000 dollars in the estimates of income for the biennium
1996-1997, to be apportioned among expenditure and income sections as
indicated in the report of the Secretary-General;

                                       V

                               CONTINGENCY FUND

      Notes that a balance of 15,358,200 dollars remains in the
contingency fund.


                                                          89th plenary meeting
                                                              18 December 1996


                                       B

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General 7/ and the
related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions, 8/

      Recalling its resolution 50/214, in which it decided, inter alia,
that the vacancy rate would be 6.4 per cent for both Professional and
General Service posts, and its resolutions 50/215 A to C and 50/216 of
23 December 1995 and 50/230 of 7 June 1996,

      Recalling also the request made to the Secretary-General in
section II, paragraph 7, of resolution 50/214 to submit, 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,

      Reaffirming the role of the current intergovernmental process in
reviewing the efficiency and reform of the programmes and activities
and the need to avoid duplication,

      Recognizing the need to integrate all elements of internal
reviews of efficiency in the Secretariat,

      Recognizing also the role of the Office of Internal Oversight
Services and the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts in
management reforms and in ensuring adequate programme delivery and
efficiency,

      Regretting that the information requested by the Advisory
Committee on personnel- and programme-related issues, including
whether consultants were hired to carry out work previously performed
by staff on posts, was not provided,

      Recalling its decision 50/506 of 17 September 1996,

      1.    Reaffirms its resolutions 41/213 of 19 December 1986 and
42/211 of 21 December 1987;

      2.    Reaffirms also part VI of its resolution 45/248 B of
21 December 1990, which relates to the involvement of different bodies
in the budgetary process;

      3.    Reaffirms further the requirement of all Member States to
fulfil their financial obligations as set out in the Charter of the
United Nations promptly and in full;

      4.    Recognizes the detrimental effect of the withholding of
assessed contributions on the administrative and financial functioning
of the United Nations;

      5.    Reaffirms that the authority to create, transfer and abolish
posts under the regular budget is the prerogative of the General
Assembly;

      6.    Recalls the authority of the Secretary-General as chief
administrative officer, as provided for under Article 97 of the
Charter;

      7.    Endorses the report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 8/ with the exception of
paragraph 28, second sentence, and subject to the provisions of the
present resolution;

      8.    Expresses its concern that the report of the Secretary-
General does not contain a clear indication of the extent to which the
approved vacancy level of 6.4 per cent has been exceeded in order to
reach the savings called for in its resolution 50/214;

      9.    Reiterates its decision that savings in the programme budget
for the biennium 1996-1997 should not affect the full implementation
of mandated programmes and activities;

      10.   Reiterates that any proposal to change mandated programmes
and activities is subject to prior approval of the General Assembly,
through the Fifth Committee and other relevant bodies;

      11.   Notes the assurances of the Secretary-General that he will
not take any decision on the involuntary separation of staff members,
including those on the redeployment list, to achieve savings in the
context of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 50/214;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General, in the light of General
Assembly decision 50/506, to report to the Fifth Committee during the
resumed session of the Assembly on the progress achieved in the
placement of the staff on the redeployment list, taking into account
their skills and experience;

      13.   Requests that the information requested by the Advisory
Committee in its report 8/ be presented no later than 1 March 1997;

      14.   Requests the Secretary-General, in connection with
paragraphs 25 to 31 of the report of the Advisory Committee, to
report, through the Office of Internal Oversight Services, no later
than 1 March 1997, on the use of consultants and associated
contractual procedures in the United Nations during the calendar year
1996;

      15.   Also requests the Secretary-General to review the effect of
vacant posts on programme delivery and to recommend, if appropriate,
restoration of the funding of these posts in the context of the budget
for the biennium 1998-1999;

      16.   Further requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary
action to avoid duplication of efficiency review procedures;

      17.   Requests the Secretary-General to integrate and harmonize,
where appropriate, efficiency reviews, including those of the
intergovernmental machinery, with programme planning and budget
reviews;

      18.   Also requests the Secretary-General to report to relevant
intergovernmental bodies on the efficiency proposals which have
programmatic and programme budget implications that require prior
legislative approval;

      19.   Regrets that the programme performance report on the impact
of approved savings measures on the implementation of mandated
programmes and activities, requested in section II, paragraph 11, of
its resolution 50/214, to be submitted no later than the end of its
fiftieth session, has not been submitted;

      20.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit, no later than 1
March 1997, the above-mentioned programme performance report, and
decides to consider it as a matter of priority during the first part
of its resumed session;

      21.   Decides that no changes to the budget methodology, to
established budgetary procedures and practices or to the financial
regulations can be implemented without prior review and approval by
the General Assembly, through the Advisory Committee, in accordance
with agreed budgetary procedures.


                                                          89th plenary meeting
                                                              18 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/C.5/51/38.

2/    A/C.5/51/33.

3/    A/C.5/51/21.

4/    A/51/7/Add.2; see Official Records of the General Assembly,
Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 7.

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

6/    A/51/7/Add.6; see Official Records of the General Assembly,
Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 7.

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

8/    A/51/7/Add.1; see Official Records of the General Assembly,
Fifty-first Session, Supplement No. 7.

 

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