Please consult our UN Budget Documentation, 2020- guide for the current pattern of documentation.
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).
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. Beginning with the 70th session, the Financial Statements and Report of the Board of Auditors covers one year.
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 5 (Vol. I): UN. Financial report and audited financial statements for the year/biennium ended 31 December ... and report of the Board of Auditors
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.
General Assembly resolution 72/266 A, Shifting the management paradigm in the United Nations, approves changes to the budget cycle and to the programme budget documentation, on a trial basis, beginning with the programme budget for 2020.
We have created a new guide with information about the new budget cycle.
This guide will not be updated but will remain online for reference and to assist those looking at the pattern of documentation prior to the 2020 budget cycle.
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.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library occasionally offers training on the budget documentation for the UN community.