2000/19     Review of the system for the allocation of UNFPA resources to country programmes

The Executive Board


1.        Takes note of the report on the quinquennial review of the system for the allocation of UNFPA resources to country programmes (DP/FPA/2000/14);


2.        Strongly reaffirms that the impact of UNFPA operational activities must be enhanced by, inter alia, a substantial increase in their funding on a predictable, continuous and assured basis, commensurate with the increasing needs of developing countries, as well as through the full implementation of General Assembly resolutions 47/199, 48/162, 50/120, 53/192 and parts relevant to operational activities for development of General Assembly resolution 52/12 B;


3.        Endorses the approach for resource allocation as contained in document DP/FPA/2000/14, including both the indicators and threshold levels towards meeting the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as well as the indicators that address the Key Actions for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action of the ICPD, as adopted by the 21st Special Session of the General Assembly;


4.        Decides that the updated resource allocation system contained in document DP/FPA/2000/14 should take effect at the beginning of the new programme cycle for any given country; in the case an upgrading country faces particularly adverse circumstances, its new resource allocation level should be implemented on a gradual basis, during a prudent transitory period;


5.        Reaffirms the procedure for categorizing countries into Groups A, B and C as outlined in the report; approves the relative share of resources presented in table 5 of the report; and requests UNFPA to make special efforts to achieve the target shares for Group A countries as set out in table 5;


6.        Recommends that the distribution of resources to individual countries, and particularly to those changing category, be made in a flexible manner, taking into account the need to ensure that the gains already made are not compromised;


7.        Endorses that a grace period be accorded to the four new category O countries during which their programmes would be gradually phased out in a flexible manner;


8.        Recalls its decision 96/15, in which the Executive Board, inter alia:


(a) Decided that the United Nations Population Fund, while using a flexible approach, should give special attention to the least developed countries, low-income countries and Africa;


(b) Also recognized the need to address the problems of significant social sectors and areas not reflected in national average indicators;


9.         Recognizes that some countries may still continue to require programme support in selected thematic areas to assure that the gains already made are not compromised;


10.       Requests the United Nations Population Fund, in recognition of the principle of universality, to make all efforts to maintain appropriate presence and visibility in all programme countries, including those in categories C, O and T;


11.       Further requests the Executive Director to undertake a further quinquennial review of the system for resource allocation, including an assessment of the indicators and their threshold levels, and to report to the Executive Board in the year 2005; the assessment should be made in close consultation with all countries concerned, with a view to avoiding their duplication, as well as to ensuring their transparency, consistency and reliability.


28 September 2000