2008/7
(a) Joint report of UNDP and of UNFPA to the Economic and Social Council

The Executive Board


1.     Takes note of the report of the Administrator of UNDP and the Executive Director of UNFPA to the Economic and Social Council (E/2008/5);

2.     Decides to transmit the above-mentioned report to the Economic and Social Council, along with the comments and guidance provided by delegations at the present session;

3.     Requests UNDP and UNFPA to include in future reports a more qualitative assessment and analysis of results achieved, progress made and difficulties encountered, as well as lessons learned.

(b) Recommendation regarding the appointment of the Executive Director of UNFPA

The Executive Board


Recalling General Assembly resolution 2211(XXI) of 17 December 1966, in response to which a trust fund, subsequently renamed the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was established by the Secretary-General in 1967,

Also recalling General Assembly resolution 3019 (XXVII) of 18 December 1972, by which the Assembly placed UNFPA under its authority, as a subsidiary organ in accordance with article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations, taking into account the separate identity of UNFPA,

1.     Notes that no formal provision was made for the appointment of the Executive Director of UNFPA upon the cessation of the administrative role of the Administrator of UNDP with respect to UNFPA;

2.     Emphasizes the importance of harmonizing formal appointment procedures for the funds and programmes of the United Nations;

3.     Invites the Economic and Social Council to recommend to the General Assembly, accordingly, that the appointment of the Executive Director of UNFPA be regularized and that the Secretary-General of the United Nations appoint the Executive Director of UNFPA for a four-year term, beginning on 1 January, after consultation with the Executive Board.

24 January 2008