Sixth Committee (Legal) — 73rd session

Programme planning (Agenda item 137)


Summary of work

Background (source: A/73/100/Add.1)

At its fifty-eighth session, in 2003, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to prepare, on a trial basis, for submission to the Assembly at its fifty-ninth session, a strategic framework to replace the four-year medium-term plan (resolution 58/269).

At its sixty-second session, the Assembly endorsed the recommendation of the Committee for Programme and Coordination that it maintain the strategic framework as the principal policy directive of the United Nations, which serves as the basis for programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, with effect from the biennium 2010–2011 (resolution 62/224).

At its seventy-second session, under the item entitled “Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations”, the Assembly approved the proposed change from a biennial to an annual budget period on a trial basis, beginning with the programme budget for 2020. Assembly also decided that the proposed programme budget document shall consist of three parts: (a) part I: the plan outline, which endorses the long-term priorities and the objectives of the Organization; (b) part II: the programme plan for programmes and subprogrammes and programme performance information; and (c) part III: the post and non-post resource requirements for the programmes and subprogrammes. The Assembly further decided that parts I and II shall 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 Assembly. The Assembly reiterated that the Committee for Programme and Coordination and the Advisory Committee should examine the proposed programme budget in accordance with their respective mandates and, preserving the sequential nature of the review processes, submit their conclusions and recommendations to the Assembly for the final approval of the programme budget, and requested the Secretary-General to assess the impact of the changes to the budgetary cycle on the work of the relevant subsidiary bodies of the Assembly (resolution 72/266 A).

Consideration at the seventy-third session

At its 3rd plenary meeting, on 21 September 2018, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include the item entitled “Programme planning” in its agenda and to allocate it to the Sixth Committee as well as to all the other Main Committees and the plenary of the Assembly to enhance discussion of evaluation, planning, budgeting and monitoring reports.

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 35th meeting, on 13 November 2018 (see A/C.6/73/SR.35). The Committee was informed that no reports were allocated to it under the agenda item.

Archived videos of plenary meetings

Video   35th meeting (13 November 2018, 10:00am – 1:00pm)

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 35th meeting, the Sixth Committee concluded its consideration of the item without taking action.

This agenda item will be considered at the seventy-fourth session (2019).

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