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A/RES/51/239


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 July 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 140 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/753/Add.2)]


      51/239.     Support account for peacekeeping operations

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 45/258 of 3 May 1991, 47/218 A of
23 December 1992, 48/226 A of 23 December 1993, 48/226 B of 5 April
1994, 48/226 C of 29 July 1994, 49/250 of 20 July 1995, 50/221 A of
11 April 1996,  50/221 B of 7 June 1996 and 51/226 of 3 April 1997 and
its decisions 48/489 of 8 July 1994, 49/469 of 23 December 1994 and
50/473 of 23 December 1995,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
support account for peacekeeping operations 1/ and the related report
of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions,
2/ as well as the views expressed by Member States in the Fifth
Committee, 3/

      Reaffirming the need to continue to improve the administrative
and financial management of peacekeeping operations,

      Noting the recent significant decline in peacekeeping
expenditure, and recognizing that this should lead to a commensurate
decline in backstopping requirements funded through the support
account for peacekeeping operations,

      Recognizing the need for adequate support during all phases of
peacekeeping operations, including the liquidation and termination
phases,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
support account for peacekeeping operations; 1/

      2.    Also takes note of the observations and recommendations
contained in the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions; 2/

      3.    Regrets the delayed submission by the Secretary-General of
his report on the support account, and decides that his next report on
the support account, for the period from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999,
should be submitted no later than 31 March 1998;

      4.    Also regrets the non-compliance of the Secretary-General
with the request in paragraph 8 of its resolution 50/221 B to submit a
comprehensive proposal on the total requirement for human resources
from all sources of funding for the backstopping of peacekeeping
operations;

      5.    Emphasizes that it is necessary to have fully substantiated
and comprehensive proposals for the total requirements for human and
material resources from all sources of funding for the backstopping of
peacekeeping operations, including from the regular budget, trust
funds and voluntary contributions, both in cash and in kind, for the
period of the support account proposal;

      6.    Reiterates its requests to the Secretary-General in
paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 of its resolution 50/221 B, in preparing his
annual proposals for the support account, and taking into
consideration the temporary nature of the current level of resources,
to review and substantiate comprehensively the entire post and
non-post requirements for the support account; in preparing his report
on the support account for the period from 1 July 1998 to
30 June 1999, to submit a comprehensive proposal on the total
requirement for human resources from all sources of funding for the
backstopping of peacekeeping operations, including posts financed from
the regular budget and trust funds, officers on loan from Member
States and other voluntary contributions during the period, to enable
the General Assembly to decide on the level of human resources
required; and to submit proposals that reflect as closely as possible
the overall evolution of peacekeeping budgets and any additional
relevant observations and recommendations regarding the lessons
learned from the previous year of operation of the support account;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to submit an in-depth
evaluation and subsequent budgetary proposals that reflect as closely
as possible the overall evolution of peacekeeping trends, including
any relevant restructuring of the various divisions and units involved
in backstopping activities, taking into account the lessons learned
from previous years' experience of operating the support account and
the workload relating to closed and completed missions;

      8.    Also requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session the evaluation portion of the
above-mentioned report;

      9.    Regrets the lack of a performance report on the operation of
the support account in the context of the annual consideration by the
General Assembly of the proposals of the Secretary-General for the
account, as requested in paragraph 6 of its resolution 50/221 B;

      10.   Requests the Secretary-General, in his report on the support
account for the period from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999, to submit a
performance report, including information on redeployments, if any,
between units, covering the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997
and the period from 1 July to 31 December 1997;

      11.   Affirms the need for adequate funding for the backstopping
of peacekeeping operations;

      12.   Decides to maintain for the period from 1 July 1997 to
30 June 1998 the funding mechanism for the support account
provisionally approved in paragraph 3 of its resolution 50/221 B;

      13.   Approves, for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998,
the proposals of the Secretary-General with regard to post and
non-post resource requirements as contained in his report, 1/ as
amended by the Advisory Committee in paragraphs 19, 21, 22, 24, 26,
28, 29, 31, 33 and 37 of its report, 2/ subject to the provisions of
the present resolution;

      14.   Also approves an appropriation in the amount of 158,500
United States dollars under general temporary assistance for the sole
purpose of processing the backlog of claims referred to in
paragraph 16 below;

      15.   Endorses the recommendation of the Advisory Committee to
create one P-4 post and one General Service post in the Claims and
Information Management Section of the Department of Peacekeeping
Operations of the Secretariat, 4/ and requests the Secretary-General
to utilize the P-2 post proposed for redeployment to the Personnel
Management and Support Service 5/ for processing claims in the Claims
and Information Management Section;

      16.   Notes from the information provided by the Secretariat that
the current backlog of death and disability claims is five hundred and
sixty-four;

      17.   Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General
Assembly quarterly written reports on the progress made in clearing
the backlog;

      18.   Takes note of the usefulness of the lessons learned
capacity, and requests the Secretary-General to submit, no later than
31 August 1997, for consideration during the third part of its resumed
fifty-first session, proposals on resources and structure to
strengthen the functions and to ensure the sharing and application of
experience gained in peacekeeping operations;

      19.   Approves an appropriation of 1 million dollars for the
rental of premises;

      20.   Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into additional
commitments not exceeding 808,500 dollars for the rental of premises;

      21.   Requests the Secretary-General to include in the performance
report information on the use of resources provided for the rental of
premises since 1992;

      22.   Decides that officers in the Office of Operations of the
Department of Peacekeeping Operations whose workload has been reduced
owing to the ending of some peacekeeping operations should be detailed
to assist in eliminating the backlog;

      23.   Reaffirms the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly
in which it requested the Secretary-General to fill the vacant support
account posts as soon as possible, in a manner consistent with those
resolutions and the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations;

      24.   Decides that posts funded from the support account shall be
filled and managed in compliance with the Charter of the United
Nations, the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations,
the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and the relevant
resolutions of the General Assembly;

      25.   Calls upon the Secretary-General to stop immediately the
practice of giving personnel on short-term appointments consultant
contracts for a short period and then rehiring them on short-term
appointments in violation of the spirit of open and transparent
recruiting practices;

      26.   Requests the Secretary-General to assign the functions
referred to in paragraphs 16, 17 and 22 of the report of the Advisory
Committee 2/ to personnel occupying approved posts and to report
thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-second session, no later
than 31 March 1998.


                                                         102nd plenary meeting
                                                                  17 June 1997


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/890.

2/    A/51/906 and Corr.1.

3/    See Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first
Session, Fifth Committee, 65th, 67th and 70th meetings
(A/C.5/51/SR.65, 67 and 70), and corrigendum.

4/    See A/51/906 and Corr.1, para. 22.

5/    See A/51/890, annex I.A, para. 35.

 

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