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UN Budget Documentation, 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. 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.

The current pattern of documentation is:

  • Proposed Programme Budget prepared by the Secretary-General
    • Issued in sections begininng in March of the year before the budget year (e.g. March 2019 for the 2020 budget)
    • Plan outline issued as part of the Proposed Programme Budget every 3 years
    • Committee on Programme and Coordination (CPC) reviews the plan outline and the programmatic aspects of the proposed programme budget; its report includes its recommendations to the General Assembly
      • General Assembly resolution(s) "Programme Planning"
    • Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) reviews the proposed programme budget and issues a initial report on the proposed programme budget, subsequent addenda address specific topics
    • 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
    • In the past, 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]... 
  • Financial performance report on the programme budget for [year] prepared by Secretary-General
    • Reviewed by the ACABQ and the Fifth Committee
  • 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"

Proposed programme budget for 2023

The Proposed Programme Budget for 2023 (A/77/6) 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 system support for the African Union's Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. Programme 9, United Nations system support for the African Union's Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want - strategic partnership for progress towards implementation : Commitment to the subsequent implementation plans of Agenda 2063
    • 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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