Thèmes - Special Political Missions

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A/62/7/Add.29 7. The Advisory Committee points out that its review of this subject was hindered by the late submission of some of the documentation on this subject, with an advance copy of the overview document (A/62/512) being received only on 29 November 2007. As a result, hearings had to begin before the Committee had a full picture of requirements in this area, and the last of the additional information required by the Committee was received only on 11 December. In order to ensure that the General Assembly has sufficient time and information available when considering this important subject, the Advisory Committee recommends that future budget reports on special political missions be submitted in all official languages no later than the first week of November.

A/62/7/Add.29 10. As regards the support and management of field operations, the Advisory Committee draws attention to the parallel structures that exist in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Political Affairs. Both Departments can be assigned as lead departments for the political and substantive operations of field missions. Consequently, there may be duplication and overlap of functions such as planning for the establishment of new field missions and provision of political and substantive direction. Furthermore, the basis upon which lead responsibility for a particular mission is assigned to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations or to the Department of Political Affairs is not clear. In this connection, the Committee recalls that in its audit of the management of special political missions by the Department of Political Affairs (A/61/357), the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) pointed out that there were no clear criteria or transparent decision-making mechanisms to determine the lead department for special political missions, and that such a situation increased the risk of misunderstanding among the parties involved concerning their roles and responsibilities.

A/62/7/Add.29 12. The Advisory Committee is of the view that reporting lines both within the areas where special political missions conduct their activities and with Headquarters in New York should be more clearly defined. 2007