The Charter of the United Nations gives responsibility for:
The Charter also addresses the non-payment of assessed contributions (Chapter IV, Article 19).
The planning, programming, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation cycle of the United Nations has evolved over time;
The UN programme budget now covers a two year period, beginning in January of an even-numbered year (e.g. 2016-2017).
NOTE: Due to the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), we have observed changes in the pattern of documentation. For example, in the past the Report of the Board of Auditors for the United Nations was issued every other year following the completion of the biennium. However, beginning in the 70th session, the Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Auditors covers one year (A/70/5 (Vol.I) + Corr.1). Other changes may also be noticed as documents are issued for the coming biennia. We will update this guide as needed.
The General Assembly may adopt resolutions and decisions on every aspect of the planning, programming, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation cycle. These resolutions offer citation to the documents considered by the General Assembly in its deliberations and are an excellent starting point for the researcher.
The programme budget offers a wealth of information about the activities of the United Nations, including the details of the programmes carried out by the UN.
Certain documents in the budget cycle are issued as supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR).
The links below provide access to key documents for the years they have been issued.
Supplement 6 (planning years): Biennial programme plan and priorities for the period ...
Supplement 6 (budget years): Programme budget for the biennium ...
Supplement 7 (planning years): Report of the ACABQ on the proposed programme budget for the biennium ...
More information about these documents and the related bodies is available within this research guide.
The UN Programme Budget cycle takes about 5 years:
This 5 minute video from the Dag Hammarskjöld Library gives researchers a simplified introductory overview of the major documents issued during a sample budget cycle.