18 October 2007
On 18th October the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) met to discuss the Secretary-General’s report on the United Nations Office for Partnerships, which updates the Assembly on the work of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), as well as Partnership and Advisory Services and Outreach.
By approving, without a vote, a draft resolution that was distributed in the room, the Committee also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), which noted with appreciation that, in addition to the commitment of $1 billion by Robert E. Turner, the United Nations Foundation had been working on a second phase that could yield another $1 billion from other partners to support United Nations causes.
Placing particular emphasis on simplifying the administration, grants management and the assurance of full accountability, the Advisory Committee welcomed the inclusion of a section on lessons learned in the report of the Secretary-General.
The representative from Pakistan, Minister Imtiaz Hussain, speaking on behalf of the “Group of 77”, conveyed deep appreciation to the United Nations Office for Partnerships for its important work and worldwide accomplishments in diverse fields, recognizing an impressive performance since its inception and especially pointing to its achievements in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals. Moreover, it assured its continued support to the Office.
Statement by the Group of 77 and China