Sixth Committee (Legal) — 76th session

Programme planning (Agenda item 139)

Summary of work

Background (source: A/76/100/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. The Assembly also decided that the proposed programme budget document would 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. It further 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 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).

At its seventy-fourth session, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General, while still considering further areas of improvement, to apply certain guidelines when preparing the programme performance documents for 2021 and 2022 (resolution 74/251).

At its seventy-fifth session, the Assembly, having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the proposed programme budget for 2021, decided on the programme narratives and encouraged the Secretary-General to continue to enhance the presentation of the proposed programme plans in line with the guidelines stipulated in previous resolutions when preparing the next proposed programme plan (resolution 75/243).

Also at the seventy-fifth session, the Assembly decided to defer until the main part of its seventy-sixth session consideration of the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations: budgetary procedures and practices” (decision 75/553 A).

Consideration at the seventy-sixth session

The Sixth Committee considered the item at its 29th meeting, on 18 November 2021 (see  A/C.6/76/SR.29). The Committee was informed that no reports were allocated to it under the agenda item.

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Video   29th meeting (18 November 2021, 10:00am – 1:00pm) | Summary

Action taken by the Sixth Committee

At the 29th meeting, on 18 November, the Sixth Committee concluded its consideration of the item without taking action.

Subsequent action taken by the General Assembly

This agenda item will be considered at the seventy-seventh session (2022).

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