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About the CPC

Overview

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