Fifth Committee

Fifth Committee

24 December 2016

As it managed the first year of the current 2016-2017 budget cycle and zeroed in on ways to make the Organization run more efficiently in a world facing fiscal constraints, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today approved 14 resolutions and two decisions on a wide range of management and fiscal issues.

15 December 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today examined the 2016-2017 programme budget for special political missions, with many expressing high hopes for the new mission in Colombia charged with implementing the November peace accord, and others requesting more clarity on support provided by the Office of Special Adviser for Conflict Prevention, including in Burundi.

14 December 2016

The 13-year-old United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) had proven a true “success story” in the history of United Nations peacekeeping operations, delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) said today, as they considered a final budget request to withdraw Mission personnel and formally end its presence in the country by June 2017.

13 December 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today gave mixed reviews of the Secretary-General’s plans to consolidate the United Nations fragmented administrative services, which if properly implemented, would improve its ability to serve global duty stations and field offices through a leaner, more effective and cost-efficient structure.

9 December 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today shared their views on the United Nations efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse in its ranks, stressing the need for a more cohesive approach to eradicating the problem that included adherence to its zero-tolerance policy and training for peacekeepers, both before deployment and in the field.

7 December 2016

Delegates supported the restructuring of the body charged with enhancing the Organization’s partnership with the African Union on peace and security matters, but asked for more details on staffing and operations as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today examined the Secretary-General’s proposal on the matter.

5 December 2016

Speakers highlighted both the successes and serious issues related to implementation as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today examined progress over the past year in rolling out Umoja, the United Nations ambitious business management project.

2 December 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today criticized the Secretary-General’s budget outline for the biennium 2018‑2019 for what they viewed as a lack of strategic depth and clarity on estimated costs for several initiatives that had yet to be considered by the General Assembly.

30 November 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) criticized the United Nations Secretary-General today for what they viewed as his failure to present a comprehensive budget proposal to support implementation of the Organization’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, while voicing strong concern over the Secretariat’s handling of programme budget assessments for regional commissions.

28 November 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today voiced their concerns over the benefit payment delays endured by retirees and participants in the Organization’s $53.8 billion United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

16 November 2016

Delegates at today's Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting discussed a proposed cost-neutral restructuring of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), aimed at shifting more of the Office’s work from its headquarters in Geneva to existing and proposed regional offices.

4 November 2016

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today recommended delegates to fill dozens of vacancies in six United Nations bodies – including the essential Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions – that help the 193 delegates manage the Organization’s vast human resources and its finances.

1 November 2016

Delegates of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today backed the Secretary-General’s $40.02 million project plan to retrofit the premises of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), as part of their discussion on upgrades of Commission buildings in Bangkok and Addis Ababa.

28 October 2016

Delegates at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) urged the Secretariat to ensure the United Nations staff reflected the diversity of Member States as it better managed thousands of employees around the world and helped them carry out the Organization’s crucial mandates.

27 October 2016

Managing personnel costs while exercising fiscal constraint guided the discussion of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today, as it examined new and proposed compensation rules that governed, among other things, separation payments, dependency allowances and salary scales for staff in Geneva.

20 October 2016

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budget) today considered the Secretariat’s request for a subvention of $16.24 million to keep the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia running efficiently in 2017.

18 October 2016

Approving a draft resolution stressing the need for the United Nations internal oversight body to focus more on investigating fraud, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today also took stock of progress in completing the United Nations multi-billion dollar Headquarters renovation project known as the Capital Master Plan.

13 October 2016

Delegates at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) voiced their concerns with the financial shortfall facing the Organization’s regular budget before sending the General Assembly a draft resolution on programme planning that laid out priorities for the 2018-2019 biennium.

11 October 2016

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budget) today voiced their concerns with a Secretariat appeal to delay the start-up dates of several crucial elements of the recent overhaul of the ways in which thousands of staff are compensated for their work.

5 October 2016

The Organization’s financial indicators for 2016 remained “generally sound and positive” except for the empty cash position of the regular budget and an accompanying reserve fund that was nearly exhausted, a United Nations senior management official told the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today.