Governing Council decision 76/42, Twenty-second Session, June-July 1976*

594.  At its 538th meeting on 30 June 1976, the Governing Council, taking into account the comments made during the consideration of item 12:

(a)  Took note of the report of the Executive Director of UNFPA on 1975 activities and future programmes (DP/183 and Corr.1, DP/183/ANNEX and Corr.1);

(b)  Approved the following comprehensive country programmes and projects in the amount of $1 million or more, with the understanding that, where applicable, the amounts for the third and following years, after a progress review, would be submitted to the Council for approval:

(i)  Agreement with the Government of Jordan (DP/FPA/5/Add.6 and Corr.1) in the amount of $2,400,000 for an estimated period of four years;

(ii)  Agreement with the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic (DP/FPA/5/Add.7) in the amount of $3 million for an estimated period of four years;

(iii)  National family planning programme in the public health sector and promotion of the status of women in Morocco (DP/FPA/5/Add.8) in the amount of $2,932,000 for an estimated period of two years;

(iv)  Support to the national programme of sex education in Mexico (DP/FPA/5/Add.9) in the amount of $2,032,000 contributed by the Government of Sweden under a funds-in-trust arrangement with UNFPA, for an estimated period of four years;

(v)  Family planning and maternal and child health programme in Haiti (DP/FPA/5/Add.10) in the amount of $3,500,000 for an estimated period of three years;

(c)  Took note of the review reports on the following previously approved country agreements, requested the Executive Director to bear in mind the comments made thereon in the Council at its twenty-second session in preparing review reports in the future, approved allocations to those programmes for the remainder of their duration:

(i)  Agreement with the Government of Bangladesh (DP/FPA/5/Add.2);

(ii)  Agreement with the Government of India (DP/FPA/5/Add.3);

(iii)  Agreement with the Government of Kenya (DP/FPA/5/Add.4);

(iv)  Agreement with the Government of Pakistan (DP/FPA/5/Add.5);

(v)       Agreement with the Government of Turkey (DP/FPA/5/Add.1);

(d)  Took note of the Executive Director's report on priorities in the allocation of UNFPA resources (DP/186 and Corr.1), and:

(i)  Requested the Executive Director to apply the five general principles outlined in paragraph 16 of his report;

(ii)  Endorsed the core programme of UNFPA assistance outlined in section IV of the report;

(iii)  Requested the Executive Director to develop, in consultation with Governments and organizations concerned, minimum programmes in each sector of population activities at the country level, and to identify the types of assistance needed

(iv)  Approved in principle the criteria for establishing priorities as outlined in paragraphs 53 to 55 of the report, with the modification that high priority countries would be designated irrespective of the size of their population and adjusted so that UNFPA resources would be further concentrated, in accordance with minimum requirements of national programmes, in countries with most urgent population problems;

(v)  Requested the Executive Director to undertake a review of inter-country activities supported in the past, develop an overall integrated strategy for such assistance in the future, and submit a report thereon to the Governing Council at its twenty-fourth session;

(vi)  Requested the Executive Director to submit a report on the application of the criteria for setting priorities at the twenty-third session;

(vii)  Invited the Economic and Social Council to review the policy implications of the report (DP/186 and Corr.1), and reconfirm the UNFPA aims and purposes established in resolution 1763 (LIV), with the possible exception that the term "sustained assistance" might be redefined;

(e)  Took note of the Executive Director's report on the implementation of UNFPA projects (DP/187), and requested him to continue submitting such reports on both quantitative and qualitative implementation.

(f)  Requested the Administrator of UNDP and the Executive Director of UNFPA to develop new management modalities which would give the Fund a larger role and responsibility with respect to appointment of and promotion policies and procedures for its personnel;

(g)  Decided to give the Executive Director additional approval authority of $50 million for 1977, bringing the total for that year to $95 million, $33 million for 1978, and $15 million for 1979, on the understanding that the Executive Director would limit the approval of projects to the availability of resources.

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* Economic and Social Council, Official Records:  Sixty-first session, Supplement No. 2 (E/5846/rev.1, p. 149.United Nations, New York, 1976.