WORK PROGRAMME OF THE
PERIOD OF 29 October
to 9 November 2001.
During the week of 29 October to 2 November, the
Committee held general discussion on the comprehensive review of the whole question
of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects, under two agenda items, the
programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001 and the administrative and
budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping
operations. The Committee has before it
the statement of programme budget implications of draft resolution
A/C.4/55/L.23 on the matter. The
additional estimates proposed to implement the recommendations of the United
Nations Panel on Peacekeeping Operations were $25.8 million, for which
about 2.7 million was for the regular budget.
The biennial full costs for the regular budget was in the amount of $3.7 million. The annual full cost for the support account was
some $33.5 million. In his statement of
programme budget implications, the Secretary-General requested 216 posts for
the support account, of which 9 posts
were for the regular budget. The
Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions in its related
report (A/56/478) recommended some $1.6 million for the regular budget and
about $16.2 million for the support account.
The ACABQ has also recommended approval of 7 additional posts under the
regular budget and 122 additional posts under the Support account. Nineteen delegations participated in the
general discussion. All supported the
conclusions and recommendations of the UN Panel of Peacekeeping Operations, and
strongly favoured that the budgetary decision of the Committee should reflect
the political consensus reach in the Fourth Committee. This question is now in informal
The Committee also took up three issues under the
item on Human resources Management, namely, the question of delegation of
authority, the use of consultants and Young professionals. After two rounds of informal consultations,
the Committee arrived at a draft proposal on each of them.
On 2 November, the Committee
considered the item on Appointments to fill vacancies in subsidiary organs and
other appointments, and recommended to the General Assembly, by acclamation, the appointment or reappointment of the
following persons: 17 (a) Appointment of members of the Advisory
Committee for Administrative and Budgetary questions (three
year-term beginning 1 January 2002): M. Rajat Saha of India; Ms. Sun Minqin of
China; Mr. Juichi Takahara of Japan; Ms. Nazareth A. Incera of Costa Rica; Mr.
Michiel W.H. Crom of Netherlands; Mr. Nicholas Alan Thorne of the United
17 (b) Appointment
of members of the Committee on Contributions
(Three year term of office beginning 1 January 2002): Mr. Henry Siegfried Fox of Australia; Mr.
Bernardo Griever of Uruguay; Mr. Hassan Mohammed Hassan of Nigeria; Mr. Eduardo
Iglesias of Argentina; Mr. Omar Kadiri of Morocco and Mr. Eduardo Manuel de Fonseca Fernandes Ramos of Portugal. 17(c). Appointment of a member of the Board of Auditors ( for a six-year term
of office beginning on 1 July 2002). The Chairman of the Commission on Audit of the Philippines. (d) Confirmation of the appointment of members
of the Investment Committee (three-year term of office beginning 1 January
2002). M. Yves Oltramare of Switzerland; Mr. Emmanuel N. Omaboe of Ghana;
and Mr. Jurgen Reimnitz of Germany, and 17 (f )
Appointment of members of the
International Civil Service Commission (four-year term of office beginning 1
January 2002). Mr. Mario
Bettati of France Mr. Joao Augusto de Medicis of Brazil; Ms. Lucretia Myers of
the USA; Mr. Alexis Stephanou of Greece
and Mr. Minoru Endo of Japan.
On 5 November, the Committee held its general
discussion on the Note of the Secretary-General on the reformulated programme
narratives for Section 8: Legal Affairs
and section 27C: Human resources management,
under the item proposed programme budget for the biennium 2002-2003. Both are now under consideration in informal
consultations under the item on the proposed programme budget for the
Due to the general debate in the Plenary, the Committee did not hold any
meetings – formal or informal – during the week 12 to 16 November 2001.