Committee for Programme and Coordination


The Committee for Programme and Coordination examines the totality of the Secretary-General's work programme giving particular attention to programme changes arising out of decisions adopted by intergovernmental organs and conferences or suggested by the Secretary-General.

The full Terms of Reference as approved by in ECOSOC Resolution 2008 (LX) (1976)

Broadly, the Committee:

  • assesses the results achieved from current activities;
  • assesses the continuing validity of legislative decisions of more than five years' standing;
  • assesses the effectiveness of co-ordination with other units of the Secretariat and members of the United Nations family;
  • recommends an order of priorities among United Nations programmes as defined in the strategic framework;
  • gives guidance to the Secretariat on programme design by interpreting legislative intent so as to assist it in translating legislation into programmes; and
  • makes recommendations with respect to work programmes proposed by the Secretariat to give effect to the legislative intent of the relevant policy-making organs, taking into account the need to avoid overlapping and duplication.

The Legislative basis and Chronology of Key General Assembly and ECOSOC Resolutions affecting the work of CPC

In its most resolution 72/266A, the General Assembly inter alia, approved the proposed change from a biennial to an annual budget period on a trial basis and decided that the proposed programme budget shall consist of:

  • Part I: the plan outline, which endorses the long-term priorities and the objectives of the Organization;
  • Part II: the programme plan for programmes and subprogrammes and programme performance information;
  • Part III: the post and non-post resource requirements for the programmes and subprogrammes.

The General Assembly also decided that parts I and II would be submitted through the Committee for Programme and Coordination and part III through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions for the consideration of the General Assembly. Furthermore, the Assembly reiterated that the Committees should examine the proposed programme budget in accordance with their respective mandates and that the sequential nature of the review process of the proposed programme budget would be preserved. The changes decided upon in resolution 72/266A would be reviewed by the General Assembly at its seventy-seventh session, with a view to taking a final decision on the implementation of the annual budget.


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