Fifth Committee

Fifth Committee

5 April 2019
GA/AB/4318

Concluding the first part of its resumed seventy-third session, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today approved four draft resolutions and one draft decision, including one regarding efforts to foster a strong culture of accountability across the United Nations system, but it withdrew another text on a new model of delivering administrative services to Secretariat staff worldwide after failing to reach consensus on the matter.

1 April 2019
GA/AB/4317

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today began discussing proposed amendments to the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, with speakers seeking justification for the changes and adequate time to examine and discuss them.

22 March 2019
GA/AB/4316

United Nations entities and their senior managers have been given delegated authority to make decisions, but they are also held accountable for results, speakers said today, as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) examined ways to improve the Organization’s accountability.

15 March 2019
GA/AB/4315

Speakers considered the impact on staff and spending, as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today reviewed some key proposals to better serve United Nations Secretariat staff worldwide and achieve greater efficiency in the procurement of goods and services annually costing the Organization $3 billion.

12 March 2019
GA/AB/4314

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), on the second day of the first part of its resumed session, turned their attention today to the way in which United Nations staff members travel the world, taking up a proposal from the Secretary-General aimed at limiting their use of business class.

11 March 2019
GA/AB/4313

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today opened the first part of its resumed seventy-third session, adopting its work programme, reviewing the Joint Inspection Unit’s annual report and considering progress in implementing the United Nations information and communications technology (ICT) strategy.

22 December 2018
GA/AB/4312

As it managed the first year of the 2018-2019 budget cycle and zeroed in on ways to make the Organization run more effectively, the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today tended to its fiscal responsibilities by approving the complex methodology used to calculate the annual contributions of Member States.

14 December 2018
GA/AB/4311

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) took up a raft of reports from the Secretary-General today on topics as varied as the revised budget for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to the ongoing deployment of flexible workspace at Headquarters, in addition to the programme budget implications of several draft resolutions going before the General Assembly.

12 December 2018
GA/AB/4310

Speakers at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today reviewed the performance report for the first year of the Organization’s 2018‑2019 budget cycle, while deliberating on the financial resources for about three dozen special political missions, as well as the new Mission in Iraq tasked with investigating crimes committed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).

11 December 2018
GA/AB/4309

Speakers at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today urged the Secretary-General to move on filling a director’s post at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in Arusha while supporting a $303,500 revision in the nearly $200 million appropriation that is keeping the crucial legal mechanism running smoothly during the 2018-2019 budget cycle.

7 December 2018
GA/AB/4308

Speakers at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today voiced their support for the Secretary‑General’s request for an $8.93 million appropriation in 2019 to support the ongoing upgrade of facilities at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, including the renovation of the iconic Africa Hall.

6 December 2018
GA/AB/4307

Speakers in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today requested clarity on the benefits deriving from the Umoja enterprise resource planning project — and reiterated their concern about its spiralling cost and implementation delays — as the Secretariat made its case for an additional $15.5 million to complete the ambitious initiative by the end of 2019.

29 November 2018
GA/AB/4306

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) began its consideration of the proposed 2019 budgets of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today, with Iraq’s representative underscoring his Government’s opposition to any cutbacks to the funding for UNAMI or to the number of positions held by Iraqi nationals within the Mission.

28 November 2018
GA/AB/4305

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today threw their support behind the Secretary‑General’s efforts to bolster the Organization’s global resident coordinator system – an integral part of ongoing efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - by backing his request for an appropriation of $13.57 million for 2019.

20 November 2018
GA/AB/4304

Delegates speaking at the Fifth Committee’s (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting today urged the Secretary-General to put forward a bold mobility framework to generate a more efficient, nimble Organization while giving staff members expanded opportunities to develop their careers.

16 November 2018
GA/AB/4303

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today took up the renovation of the historic Palais des Nations campus, home of the United Nations Office at Geneva, with the Secretariat reporting that the CHF 836.5 million project — due for completion in 2023 — is making significant progress, but delegates expressing concern about potential construction delays and unresolved financing modalities.

15 November 2018
GA/AB/4302

Delegates at the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today urged the Secretariat to ensure the United Nations staff reflects the diversity of Member States as more women and young people are hired to shape a dynamic Organization with a mobile and multitalented workforce.

9 November 2018
GA/AB/4301

Speakers today welcomed a surge in the market value of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, 70 years after its establishment, but reiterated concerns about a backlog of payments to beneficiaries as well as governance issues, as the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) tackled the Organization’s multibillion‑dollar pension system, its operations and performance.

8 November 2018
GA/AB/4300

Delegates in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today wanted to better understand how ongoing arbitration proceedings preventing a final close-out of the paperwork surrounding the multi-billion-dollar renovation of the United Nations Headquarters will impact the project’s final cost.

2 November 2018
GA/AB/4299

Changes to salaries and benefits throughout the United Nations common system must be fair and in touch with global marketplace realities, speakers in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) said today as it took up the yearly report of the International Civil Service Commission.