OVERVIEW PROGRAMME OF WORK
FIFTH COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
DURING THE 54TH SESSION
The General Assembly has allocated 41 agenda items for consideration by the Fifth Committee during its fifty-fourth session of the General Assembly.
During the main part of the 54th session, the Committee will give priority consideration to the Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001.For the consideration of that item, the Committee will also have before it, the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination on the work of its thirty-ninth session and the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions on the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001. The General Assembly, in its resolution 53/206, invited the Secretary-General to prepare his proposed programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001 on the basis of a total preliminary estimate of $2,545 million at revised 1998-1999 rates. The budget proposed by the Secretary-General is in the amount of $2,535.6 million.
The Fifth Committee will also consider, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 53/36B, the recommendations of the Committee on Contributions on the elements of the methodology for the scale of assessments for the regular budget. The report of the Committee on Contributions has been issued in document A/54/11. The Committee on Contributions, at its next session in June 2000, will make its own recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the scale of assessments for the next three years, i.e., 2001-2003. In addition, the Fifth Committee will consider the recommendations of the Committee on Contributions on measures to encourage the timely, full and unconditional payment of assessed contributions in accordance with General Assembly resolution 53/36C.
Items relating to the financing of peacekeeping operations are listed on the agenda of the Fifth Committee, but in accordance with General Assembly resolution 49/233, all peacekeeping related matters are considered at a resumed session in the spring of the following year. However, the Fifth Committee will take up during the early part of the main session, consideration of the financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, the financing of the United Nations Mission in East Timor, and the financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone.
In its decision 53/ 217B of 8 June, the Fifth Committee will consider, during the first two weeks of the main part of the 54th session, those issues/items deferred from the 53rd session, namely,procurement reform, the review of the Office of internal Oversight Services, procedures for determining reimbursement to Member States regarding contingent-owned equipment, the development account and the reports of the Board of Auditors regarding peacekeeping operations.
Under the agenda item on Pattern of Conferences, the Fifth Committee will consider a number of reports of particular interest to Member States, such as, the report on the possibility of establishing a permanent interpretation service at the UN Office at Nairobi, the report on examining the provision of interpretation services to other locations from permanent interpretation structures based in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, the report of the SG on interpretation services provided for meetings of regional and other major groupings of Member States upon request by those groupings, the report on the continuous development, maintenance of UN web sites, the report on the impact of economy measures on the delivery of mandated conference services, the report on career development in language services and the report on cost accounting system.
Under the agenda item United Nations Common System, the Fifth Committee, during the later part of the 54th session, will consider the report of the Group of Experts to be established by the General Assembly on the proposal of the Secretary-General. The terms of reference of that Experts Group will be based primarily on GA resolution 52/12B on the United Nations reform, and GA resolution 53/209 Sect. IV, para 4.
Although this year is not a Personnel Year, the Fifth Committee will have before it two reports on consultants: one on the implementation of the Board of Auditors recommendations regarding the terms of reference of consultants, competitive selection, compliance with established rules, remuneration and evaluation; and the second one is an annual report on consultants hired in 1998. The Committee will also have before it a Note by the Secretary-General on the competitive examination for promotion to the professional category of staff members from other categories; a report of the SG containing a consolidated and comprehensive compendium of all administrative circulars on the delegation of authority; a report of the SG containing appropriate regulations and rules governing the status, basic rights and duties of the Secretary-General, officials other than Secretariat officials and experts on mission; and the quarterly/annual and phase out report on Gratis personnel.
Pursuant to GA resolution 48/218B regarding the establishment of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the Fifth Committee was entrusted with the task of reviewing the reporting procedures and the functioning of OIOS at the 53rd session. Owing to the sensitivity of the issue and the divergent views expressed by delegations on the matter, the item was deferred to the early part of the 54th session.
At its organizational session held on Tuesday, 21 September, the Committee elected the other members of its Bureau, namely three Vice Chairmen and a Rapporteur.
The substantive work of the Committee began on Monday, 4 October. As indicated in the programme of work, contained in document A/C.5/54/L.2, the Committee, in keeping with the decision of the General Committee, is to conclude its work for the main part of the 54th session on Friday, 10 December 1999.