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UN Documentation: UN Budget, 2020-

Overview of budget documents

In general, budget proposals are prepared by the Secretary-General and reviewed by specialized subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly. Usually, the General Assembly, through its Fifth Committee, reviews the proposals of the Secretary-General and the reports of its subsidiary bodies and adopts resolutions on all aspects of the programme planning and budget process.

In the past, the pattern has been:

  • In advance of the budget cycle, the Strategic Framework and the Proposed Budget Outline are prepared
    • In 2019 (for the 2020 proposed budget), these documents were not issued
    • Prior to 2019, the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) reviewed the strategic framework; the report of the CPC on its session included its recommendations to the General Assembly
      • symbol pattern: A/session/16
    • Prior to 2019, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) reviewed the proposed budget outline and issued a report (no established symbol pattern)
    • The Fifth Commitee reviews and makes recommendations to the General Assembly (2019 pattern of documentation not yet determined
    • The General Assembly adopts resolution(s) on Programme Planning (2019 pattern of documentation not yet determined)
  • The Proposed Programme Budget is prepared by the Secretary-General
    • NEW: the Proposed Programme Budget for the year 2020 has been issued
    • The CPC reviews the programmatic aspects of the proposed programme budget; the report of the CPC on its session includes its recommendations to the General Assembly
      • symbol pattern: A/session/16
    • The ACABQ reviews the proposed programme budget and issues a initial report and subsequent reports addressing specific topics
      • symbol pattern: A/session/7 + Add.1-50+
    • The Fifth Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the General Assembly
    • The General Assembly usually adopts 3 resolutions on the Programme Budget
      • Programme budget for the [period] ...
        • A. Budget appropriations for the [period]... 
        • B. Income estimates for the [period]... 
        • C. Financing of appropriations for the [period]... 
      • Questions relating to the programme budget for the [period]...
      • Special subjects relating to the programme budget for the [period]...
  • During the budget cycle, adjustments may be requested
    • Reviewed by the CPC, ACABQ, and Fifth Committee
    • During biennial budget cycles, the General Assembly usually adopted an additional resolution at the end of the first year of the biennium
      • Programme budget for the [period] ...
        • A. Budget appropriations for the [period]... 
        • B. Income estimates for the [period]... 
        • C. Financing of appropriations for the [period]... 
  • Performance reports provide updates on the financial aspects of the programme budget
    • Reviewed by the ACABQ and the Fifth Committee
  • Programme performance reports
    • Reviewed by the CPC and the Fifth Committee
    • The General Assembly resolution "Programme Planning" cites these reports
  • Financial report, audited financial statements, and Report of the Board of Auditors
    • symbol pattern: A/session/5
    • Reviewed by the ACABQ and the Fifth Committee
    • General Assembly resolution "Financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors"
    • Also cited in resolution on "Programme Planning"

We will update this guide as the new pattern of documentation emerges.

Proposed programme budget for 2020

The Proposed Programme Budget for 2020 (A/74/6) has been issued with the following parts, sections and programmes:

  • Foreward and introduction
  • Plan outline
  • Income section 1, Income from staff assessment
  • Income section 2, General income
  • Income section 3, Services to the public
  • Part 1, Overall policymaking, direction and coordination
    • Section 1, Overall policymaking, direction and coordination
    • Section 2, General Assembly and Economic and Social Council affairs and conference management. Programme 1, General Assembly and Economic and Social Council affairs and conference management
  • Part 2, Political Affairs
    • Section 3, Political affairs. Programme 2, Political affairs
    • Section 4, Disarmament. Programme 3, Disarmament
    • Section 5, Peacekeeping operations. Programme 4, Peacekeeping operations
    • Section 6, Peaceful uses of outer space. Programme 5, Peaceful uses of outer space.
  • Part 3, International justice and law
    • Section 7, International Court of Justice
    • Section 8, Legal affairs. Programme 6, Legal affairs
  • Part 4, International cooperation for development
    • Section 9, Economic and social affairs. Programme 7, Economic and social affairs
    • Section 10, Least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States. Programme 8, Least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.
    • Section 11, United Nations support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Programme 9, United Nations support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development
    • Section 12, Trade and development. Programme 10, Trade and development
    • Section 13, International Trade Centre. Subprogramme 6 of programme 10, Trade and development
    • Section 14, Environment. Programme 11, Environment
    • Section 15, Human settlements. Programme 12, Human settlements
    • Section 16, International drug control, crime and terrorism prevention and criminal justice. Programme 13, International drug control, crime and terrorism prevention and criminal justice
    • Section 17, UN-Women. Programme 14, Gender equality and the empowerment of women
  • Part 5, Regional cooperation for development
    • Section 18, Economic and social development in Africa. Programme 15, Economic and social development in Africa
    • Section 19, Economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. Programme 16, Economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific
    • Section 20, Economic development in Europe. Programme 17, Economic development in Europe
    • Section 21, Economic and social development in Latin America and the Carribbean. Programme 18, Economic and social development in Latin America and the Carribbean
    • Section 22, Economic and social development in Western Asia. Programme 19, Economic and social development in Western Asia
    • Section 23, Regular programme of technical cooperation
  • Part 6, Human rights and humanitarian affairs
    • Section 24, Human rights. Programme 20, Human rights
    • Section 25, International protection, durable solutions and assistance to refugees. Programme 21, International protection, durable solutions and assistance to refugees
    • Section 26, Palestine refugees. Programme 22, Palestine refugees
    • Section 27, Humanitarian assistance. Programme 23, Humanitarian assistance
  • Part 7, Global communications
    • Section 28, Global communications. Programme 24, Global communications
  • Part 8, Common support services
    • Section 29, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29A, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. Programme 25, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29B, Department of Operational Support. Programme 25, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29C, Office of Information and Communications Technology. Programme 25, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29E, Administration, Geneva. Programme 25, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29F, Administration, Vienna. Programme 25, Management and support services
      • Subsection 29G, Administration, Nairobi. Programme 25, Management and support services
  • Part 9, Internal oversight
    • Section 30, Internal oversight. Programme 26, Internal oversight
  • Part 10, Jointly financed administrative activities and special expenses
    • Section 31, Jointly financed administrative activities. Programme 27, Jointly financed activities
    • Section 32, Special expenses
  • Part 11, Capital expenditures
    • Section 33, Construction, alteration, improvement and major maintenance
  • Part 12, Safety and security
    • Section 34, Safety and security. Programme 28, Safety and security
  • Part 13, Development Account
    • Section 35, Development Account
  • Part 14, Staff assessment
    • Section 36, Staff assessment

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