Committee for Programme and Coordination

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In its resolution 58/269, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to prepare, on a trial basis, a strategic framework to replace the current four-year medium-term plan. In its resolution 62/224, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation of the Committee at its forty-seventh session to maintain the strategic framework as the principal policy directive of the United Nations, which serves as the basis for programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, with effect from the biennium 2010-2011

The Committee reviews the programmes of the United Nations as defined in the strategic framework. Specifically it reviews:

  • The strategic framework in the off-budget years
  • The programme budget in budget years*

In reviewing the strategic framework the Committee examines the totality of the Secretary-General's work programme giving particular attention to programme changes arising out of decisions adopted by intergovernmental organs and conferences or suggested by the Secretary-General.

The Committee also:

  • assesses the results achieved from current activities,
  • assesses the continuing validity of legislative decisions of more than five years' standing,
  • assesses the effectiveness of co-ordination with other units of the Secretariat and members of the United Nations family
  • recommends an order of priorities among United Nations programmes as defined in the strategic framework
  • gives guidance to the Secretariat on programme design by interpreting legislative intent so as to assist it in translating legislation into programmes.
  • makes recommendations with respect to work programmes proposed by the Secretariat to give effect to the legislative intent of the relevant policy-making organs, taking into account the need to avoid overlapping and duplication.

In its resolution 72/266, the Assembly inter alia, approved the proposed change from a biennial to an annual budget period on a trial basis and decided that the proposed programme budget shall consist of:

  • Part I: the plan outline, which endorses the long-term priorities and the objectives of the Organization;
  • Part II: the programme plan for programmes and subprogrammes and programme performance information;
  • Part III: the post and non-post resource requirements for the programmes and subprogrammes.

The General Assembly also decided that parts I and II would be submitted through the Committee for Programme and Coordination and part III through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions for the consideration of the General Assembly. Furthermore, the Assembly reiterated that the Committees should examine the proposed programme budget in accordance with their respective mandates and that the sequential nature of the review process of the proposed programme budget would be preserved. The changes decided upon in resolution 72/266 would be reviewed by the General Assembly at its seventy-seventh session, with a view to taking a final decision on the implementation of the annual budget.

 

*in accordance with OP.12 AND OP.13 of General Assembly Resolution 58/269

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