The Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) system was adopted by the United Nations to simplify the means by which countries are reimbursed for providing equipment, personnel and self-sustainment support services to formed military or police contingents in peacekeeping missions. The rates of reimbursement and the standards are reviewed every three years by a working group which makes recommendations to the General Assembly. The 2017 COE Working Group will meet at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 16-27 January 2017.
Delegates can access documents for the COE Working Group through the session documents portal. Access will be provided to one focal point per delegation; focal points who require access can contact Mr. Javier Garcia-Montero (e-mail: garcia-montero<at>un.org). Delegates who already have an account but who have lost or need to reset their passwords should contact the Unite Connections team (e-mail: uniteconnections<at>un.org) for a new password.
All issue papers and consolidated national cost data for the 2017 COE Working Group are now available and are accessible by delegates through the session documents portal. Secretariat issue papers were uploaded on 28 October. Consolidated national cost data was uploaded on 23 November. Member State issue papers were uploaded on 1 December.
Briefings for delegates and military advisers of permanent missions
The Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support will conduct four informal briefings during the months of November and December 2016 on the Secretariat-drafted issue papers which will be submitted to the 2017 COE Working Group. These will be as follows:
- Monday, 7 November 2016, from 13:15 to 14:30 in Conference Room 12: Operational issues
- Tuesday, 15 November 2016, from 13:15 to 14:30 in Conference Room 12: Logistics support
- Wednesday, 23 November 2016, from 13:15 to 14:30 in Conference Room 11: Medical support
- Friday, 2 December 2016, from 13:15 to 14:30 in Conference Room 11: Memorandum of understanding and reimbursement issues
The intergovernmental process
The work of the COE Working Group is coordinated by a bureau consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair and Rapporteur, which are elected by the Working Group during its first meeting. Secretariat services are provided by the Reimbursement Policy and Liaison Section of DFS/FBFD. The bulk of the substantive deliberations of the Working Group takes place in its three sub-working groups, on Major Equipment, Self-Sustainment and Medical Support. Each of the three sub-working groups is led by its own chair and vice-chair, which are also elected by the Working Group as a whole during its first meeting. In addition to electing officers, the Working Group generally also decides during its first meeting which issue papers to consider, and in which sub-working group.
Issue papers on the same subject are generally considered together. Agreements reached by a sub-working group on each subject are reported to the Working Group as a whole for adoption. At the conclusion of the two-week COE Working Group session, the Rapporteur will prepare a report reflecting the deliberations and recommendations of the Working Group on the various subjects. This report, along with a report of the Secretary-General containing the views of the Secretariat on the recommendations as well as estimated financial implications, will be submitted to the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the General Assembly, through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, for consideration. The recommendations of the Fifth Committee, in turn, will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. The decisions of the General Assembly on the recommendations of the COE Working Group will enter into effect on 1 July 2017, after which the Secretariat will prepare a revised edition of the COE Manual to reflect the changes approved by the General Assembly.