Governing Council decision 82/20, Twenty-ninth Session, June 1982*

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Taking into account the comments made at its twenty-ninth session during the consideration of agenda item 6 (b), and paragraphs 2 and 3 of General Assembly resolution 3019 (XXVII) of 18 December 1972, concerning the role of the Council,

Taking note of the reports of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the activities of the Fund in 1981 (DP/1982/23), the supplementary information on the work in 1981 of the agencies and organizations executing UNFPA-funded programmes and projects (DP/1982/23/Add.1) and allocations to projects in 1981 (DP/1982/23/Add.2 and Add.2/Corr.1 and Add.3),

Bearing in mind the actual resources pledged to the Fund at the annual United Nations Pledging Conference for Development Activities,

Reaffirming its view contained in paragraph 5 of section I of decision 81/7 of 23 June 1981,

1.  Expresses grave concern about the downward trend in assistance to the family planning area in 1981, as indicated in the annual report of the Executive Director for 1981 (DP/1982/23), particularly in the light of Council decision 81/7, and expects that this trend will be reversed in 1982, in accordance with the priority areas for the Fund's population activities as set out in paragraph 3 of section I of decision 81/7;

2.  Endorses the methodology used in determining the amount of programmable resources as set forth in the report of the Executive Director on the review and reassessment of the UNFPA programme for the period 1982-1985 (DP/1982/28), including the 5 per cent overprogramming, agrees to the intended distribution of programmable resources between country and intercountry activities, as well as the intended distribution of allocations to countries, and requests the Executive Director to report on the implementation of the plans outlined in his report to future sessions of the Council, in connection with the annual submission of the work plan and request for approval authority;

3.  Decides that the Fund's support of intercountry activities should not exceed the level of 25 per cent of total programmable resources; endorses the guidelines for the approval of new and continuing intercountry projects contained in the report of the Executive Director (DP/1982/29 and Add.1), and, in this regard, requests the Executive Director to provide assistance to the regional commissions and to the various demographic training and research centres, as appropriate, and further requests the reporting of intercountry activities by work plan category as well as by functional category;

4.  Endorses the continuation of the system of priority countries in order that the Fund may concentrate its resources in countries with the most urgent needs and with the most urgent population problems; views with grave concern the downward trends in assistance going to priority countries and reiterates its view, as stated in paragraph 4 of Section I of decision 81/7, that all efforts should be made to attain the target of devoting two thirds of country programme resources to priority countries; also endorses the modified criteria for the determination of priority countries, as outlined in the report of the Executive Director on the UNFPA experience with the system of priority countries (DP/1982/30 and Add.1);

5.  Recognizes that all developing countries are eligible for assistance from the Fund and requests the Executive Director to make every effort to ensure that country activities currently supported by the Fund are not interrupted before they have reached their term;

6.  Takes note of the report of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on support to contraceptive research and development (DP/1982/36 and Add.1) and:

(a)  Directs the Fund in accordance with its mandate concerning population matters within the United Nations system and with the Council's earlier determination in decision 25/31 of 29 June 1978, that research on contraceptive technology is crucial to the attainment of the Fund's objectives, to take action to increase the level of its financial contribution and the effectiveness of its support for contraceptive research and development by:  (i) stimulating research on new and existing contraceptive methods, fully taking into account the national policies of developing countries in this field and the needs expressed by those concerned; (ii) taking a more active role in deliberations of research organizations receiving UNFPA support, with respect to UNFPA supported programmes and projects; (iii) closely coordinating its assistance in this area with support provided by other organizations;

(b)  Endorses the need for increasing and long-term support and commitment by the Fund to this area of activity, through the World Health Organization Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, as well as through appropriate international and non-governmental organizations and through national institutions;

            (c)  Decides that the Fund should contribute at least $2 million and could contribute up to $2.5 million to WHO/HRP in 1983, taking into consideration paragraph (a) (i), it being understood that this is within the 25 per cent limitation set for intercountry programmes and it being further understood that any amount above $2 million would be considered by the Council at its thirtieth session;

            (d)  Decides to postpone a decision on the percentage as well as on a higher level of UNFPA funding in the long term in this area of activity until the thirtieth session of the Governing Council and after the results of various assessments and evaluations of contraceptive development and research to be undertaken within the next year are made available;

            (e)  Requests the Executive Director of the Fund, in the light of these reports and the recommendations made in his report (DP/1982/36 and Add.1) to prepare jointly with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, in consultation with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a report to be submitted to the Governing Council at its thirtieth session on the future role of the United Nations system in family planning research, including contraceptive development, taking into account the research under way in public, private and commercial organizations, the likely future funding of such research and its prospects for success, bearing in mind the particular needs of the developing countries;

7.  Decides, after reviewing the Work Plan for 1983-1986 (DP/1982/24) and the methodology noted in the report of the Executive Director on the review and reassessment of the UNFPA programme for the period 1982-1985 (DP/1982/28), to give the Executive Director additional approval authority in the amounts of $41 million for 1983, to bring the total for 1983 to 100 per cent of the 1983 level or $149 million, $39.75 million for 1984 to bring the total for 1984 to 75 per cent of the 1983 level or $111.75 million, 50 per cent of the 1983 level or $74.5 million for 1985, and 25 per cent of the 1983 level or $37.25 million for 1986, on the understanding that the Executive Director will limit approval of projects to available resources; and takes note of the planned increases to the operational reserve;

8.  Takes note of the reports of the Executive Director of the Fund on the evaluation of NFPA projects (DP/1982/32) and the implementation and monitoring of selected country programmes (DP/1982/33), and requests him to supply further reports periodically in the future which will take into account the views expressed by members of the Council that such reports should be of a more analytical and functional nature;

9.  Requests the Executive Director of the Fund to bring up to date his report on the UNFPA in the 1980s (DP/530), incorporating the decisions taken by the Council at its twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth sessions in one consolidated reference document;

10.  Expresses deep concern at the decline in the resources for the Fund and its consequent adverse impact on programme delivery, and urges all countries to contribute or to increase their contributions, bearing in mind also the work plan contained in document DP/1982/28, in order to achieve the level of resources envisaged in decision 81/7 for the period 1982-1985 which, inter alia, assumed a 10 per cent annual increase;

11.  Approves a final contribution for the large-scale project entitled "World Fertility Survey (completion and assessment) (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/1)" in the amount of $2 million over two years;

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Having considered the budget estimates for administrative and programme support services of the Fund for the year 1983 and supplementary appropriations for the year 1982 (DP/1982/25), together with the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (DP/1982/26), the report of the Executive Director of the Fund on plans in regard to submitting biennial budget estimates (DP/1982/31), and the note by the Executive Director transmitting the audit reports of the participating and executing agencies relating to funds allocated to them by UNFPA (DP/1982/27), and having taken into account the views and comments of members of the Council thereon,

1.  Approves supplementary appropriations in the amount of $1,374,407, as submitted in document DP/1982/25 and amended by the agreement between UNFPA and UNDP regarding the administrative support services provided by UNDP to UNFPA, to be allocated from the resources of the Fund to finance the increased requirements for national income tax reimbursement related to earnings during the previous fiscal years and to finance the increased amount requested by UNDP for providing support services to UNFPA for 1981 and 1982;

2.  Also approves appropriations in the amount of $11,171,573, as recommended in document DP/1982/25 and amended by the agreement between UNFPA and UNDP, to be allocated from the resources of the Fund to finance the 1983 administrative and programme support services budget, including the reclassification of two posts from the P-4 to the P-5 level and one post from the P-5 to the D-1 level as follows:

                                                                                                     

            Programme                                                                   United States dollars

      Executive direction and management                                               1,403,639

      Administrative and information support services                               3,593,878

      Programme planning, appraisal and monitoring                                 6,174,056

                                                              Total net                                11,171,573

3.  Requests the Executive Director of the Fund to submit to the Governing Council at its thirtieth session a report on the budget estimates for administrative and programme support services for the biennium 1984-1985 of the budgetary cycle of the United Nations Development Programme and funds administered by the Programme, together with proposed amendments to the Financial Regulations and Rules of the Fund;

4.  Takes note of the Executive Director's statement that if, after consultations with UNDP, any changes in the existing arrangements between UNFPA and UNDP for administrative support services prove to be necessary, these will be submitted to the Governing Council through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, and requests that any such proposals shall be worked out jointly with UNDP with a view to achieving optimum efficiency and cost effectiveness, consistent with established policy in regard to the cooperation between UNDP and UNFPA;

5.  Also takes note of the intention of the Executive Director of the Fund to submit to the Governing Council a report on his review of the staffing pattern and manpower requirements of the Fund, including a review of the UNFPA field service;

6.  Further takes note of the audit reports of the participating and executing agencies relating to funds allocated to them by UNFPA as at 31 December 1980 (DP/1982/27);

7.  Agrees that the Executive Director of the Fund shall be authorized to transfer credits between programmes of the approved 1982 and 1983 budget within reasonable limits, with the concurrence of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.

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*Economic and Social Council, Official Records:  Supplement No. 6 (E/1982/16/Rev.1), p. 59.  United Nations, New York, 1982.