83/17.  United Nations Fund for Population Activities

The Governing Council

I

     Recalling paragraphs 2 and 3 of General Assembly resolution 3019 (XXVII) of 18 December 1972 concerning the role of the Governing Council relating to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities,

     Taking note of the reports of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the activities of the Fund in 1982 (DP/1983/19 and Add.1-3) and on past Governing Council debates and decisions which continue to affect the Fund in the 1980s (DP/1983/22),

     Continuing to underscore the importance of the human rights and voluntary aspects of family planning for individuals and couples, as guaranteed in the World Population Plan of Action,l/ the Universal Declaration of Human Rightsm/ and other international declarations and strategies of the United Nations,

     Taking into account the comments made by delegations at the thirtieth session of the Governing Council,

     1.  Notes with satisfaction the trends in the proportion of assistance allocated to the priority programme areas outlined in section I, paragraph 3, of Governing Council decision 81/7 of 23 June 1981, as reflected in the annual report of the Executive Director of UNFPA for 1982 (DP/1983/19 and Add.1-3), and requests the Executive Director to continue to strengthen his efforts in this regard;

     2.  Also notes with satisfaction the attainment in 1982 by the Fund of the goal of devoting up to two thirds of country programme assistance to the priority countries for population assistance from the Fund;

     3.  Recognizes that all developing countries are eligible for assistance from the Fund and requests the Executive Director to make every effort to ensure in a flexible way that country activities currently supported by the Fund are not interrupted before their completion;

     4.  Requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-third session a report on the experiences gained by the Fund in using the present set of criteria for selecting priority countries and to include a progress report on this matter in his annual report;

     5.  Requests the Executive Director to continue his efforts to reduce the proportion of assistance from the Fund allocated to intercountry activities so as to attain the target of not more than 25 per cent of total programmable resources allocated to such activities by 1984, at the same time increasing the proportion of regional activities;

     6.  Requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-first session a report on UNFPA evaluations, including information on how the results of such evaluations have been fed back into, and taken into account in, the policy formulation, programming and implementation process at the project country and intercountry levels;

     7.  Also requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-third session a further report comparing the results of past evaluations according to the major work plan categories, including activities related to women;

     8.  Expresses its appreciation for the update of the review and reassessment and the work plan for 1984-1987 and request for approval authority (DP/1983/20), commends the Executive Director for his cautious approach in forward planning, agrees to the intended distribution of new programmable resources between country and intercountry activities for the years 1983-1985, and requests the Executive Director to submit a report on programme planning to the Governing Council at its thirty-first sessions;

     9.  Approves the update of the review and reassessment as contained in the report of the Executive Director (DP/1983/20) takes note of the work plan for 1984-1987, and authorizes, on the understanding that the Executive Director will limit approval of projects to available resources, net additional approval authority in accordance with the work plan in the following amounts:

     (a)  For 1984, $26,450,000, to bring the total for 1984 to 100 per cent of the 1984 level of full authority or $138.2 million;

     (b)  For 1985, $29.1 million, to bring the total for 1985 to 75 per cent of the 1984 level of full authority or $103.6 million;

     (c)  For 1986, $31,850,000 to bring the total for 1986 to 50 per cent of the 1984 level of full authority or $69.1 million;

     (d)  For 1987, $34.5 million or 25 per cent of the 1984 level of full authority;

     10.  Approves UNFPA assistance to the large-scale country programmes or projects for Benin (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/3), Malawi (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/6), the Niger (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/2), Thailand (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/7), Zaire (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/4) and Zimbabwe (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/5) and also approves large-scale assistance to the various intercountry demographic training and research centres (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/8);

     11.  Requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-second session a report which would provide a problem-oriented analysis of UNFPA experience in family planning, given the priority accorded to this area by the Governing Council in its decision 81/7 of 23 June 1981;

     12.  Requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-second session a report on the use of incentives and disincentives in family planning programmes, describing the various types utilized, experiences in the use of such incentives and disincentives and the effects of such systems on the quality of services offered and on the individual's free and informed choice;

     13.  Requests the Executive Director to present to the Governing Council at its thirty-first session a report reviewing UNFPA programming procedures, including basic needs assessment, project formulation, appraisal and monitoring;

     14.  Requests the Executive Director to continue his efforts to avoid duplication in population programmes and to ensure cooperation and coordination within the United Nations family of organizations involved in this field;

     15.  Urges all countries, particularly those that have not contributed to UNFPA, to support the work of the Fund, and requests the Executive Director to strengthen his efforts to secure resources from all countries;

     16.  Urges governments to make payments of their contributions to the Fund as early in the year as possible;

     17.  Requests the Executive Director to explore modalities for securing additional resources from the private sector in line with existing regulations and to report thereon to the Governing Council at its thirty-first session;

     18.  Urges the Executive Director to continue to take advantage of the wide-ranging experience of international and national non-governmental organizations as executing agencies, and also urges the Executive Director, in utilizing the various organizations within the United Nations system as executing agencies, to encourage those organizations to take into account Governing Council decisions and UNFPA policies in regard to population programming whenever they implement UNFPA programmes and projects;

     19.  Requests the Executive Director to report in an annex to the next work plan on Governing Council approvals by country, giving the period covered, total commitment, expenditures of past years and current allocations;

     20.  Requests the Executive Director to submit a report to the Governing Council at its thirty-first session on the programmes of the regional and interregional demographic training and research centres, taking into account the need for such training and research, including the level of UNFPA support for the four-year period and the extent to which these centres have incorporated the principles outlined in the recommendation of the Executive Director (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/8), and the need for the Fund to continue to provide adequate support to the demographic centres in Africa for the foreseeable future;

II

     Taking note of the joint report of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the Director-General of the World Health Organization on the future role of the United Nations system in family planning research, including contraceptive research and development (DP/1983/21 and Add.1),

     Taking into account the views expressed by the members of the Governing Council in

regard to the sovereignty of member States in determining the areas of family planning research in which they wish to be involved,

     1. Endorses the priority areas for UNFPA funding in family planning research as outlined in paragraphs 12 and 13 of the joint report (DP/1983/21);

     2.  Approves in principle a four-year UNFPA funding commitment (1984-1987) to the Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction of the World Health Organization, noting the level of funding for the special Programme recommended in the joint report;

     3.  Decides that the contribution of the Fund to the Special Programme for 1984 shall be $2 million;

     4.  Further decides that the level of contribution to the Special Programme will be subject to an annual review by the Governing Council, taking into account available resources, priority research needs and a concise report on the strategy of the Fund for supporting contraceptive research through all appropriate organizations, which the Executive Director is requested to prepare for the thirty-first session of the Governing Council;

     5.  Encourages the Fund to increase support for family planning research at the country level and to ensure that funding for such research is appropriately coordinated with the World Health Organization and other relevant organizations involved in this field;

     6.  Further encourages the fund to continue to provide assistance in the area of family planning research within the level of 25 per cent of total programme resources available for intercountry activities as outlined in section I, paragraphs 3 and 6 (b), of Governing Council decision 82/20 of 18 June 1982;

III

     Having considered the biennial budget estimates for the administrative and programme support services of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities for biennium 1984-1985 (DP/1983/23 and Corr.1 and 2), the proposed Financial Regulations of UNFPA (DP/1983/24 and Add.1 and Add.1/Corr.1 and Add.2 and Add.2/Corr.1), the report of the Executive Director on his review of the headquarters and field staffing pattern and manpower requirements of the Fund (DP/1983/25), together with the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (DP/1983/26), the report of the Executive Director on the joint review by UNDP and UNFPA on various components of the support services provided by UNDP to UNFPA on a subvention basis (DP/1983/INF/3), 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/1983/27), and having taken into account the views and comments of members of the Governing Council thereon,

     1.  Approves net appropriations for the biennium 1984-1985, in the amount of $24,577,523 as contained in the biennial budget estimates (DP/1983/23 and Corr.1 and 2) to be allocated from the resources of the Fund to finance administrative and programme support services as follows:

     Programme                                                                  United States dollars

     Executive direction and management                                    3  109  342

     Administration and information support services                    8  255  972

     Programme planning, appraisal and monitoring                    13  212  209

Total                            24  577 523

     2.  Requests the Executive Director during the biennium 1984-1985 to continue to keep the cost of administrative and programme support services to a minimum, with the intention of holding down the ratio between administrative costs and total costs as much as possible, particularly in the light of the resource situation and the projected income for the period;

     3.  Approves the proposed Financial Regulations of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (DP/1983/24 and Add.1 and Add.1/Corr.1) with the amendments contained in the annex to the present decision, decides that the new Financial Regulations shall supersede and replace the present Financial Regulations and come into force at the beginning of the 1984-1985 biennium, on 1 January 1984, and further decides that regulations 4.5, 4.6, 13.3 and 13.4 shall be modified in the light of the proposed changes in the corresponding financial regulations of the United Nations Development Programme, which are currently under consideration by the Governing Council;

     4.  Takes note of the report of the Executive Director on payments made by the Fund to the United Nations Development Programme in respect of services rendered by the latter organization (DP/1983/INF/3), and requests the Executive Director to continue to keep the Governing Council informed of any new developments;

     5.  Takes note of the report of the Executive Director on his review of the staffing pattern and manpower requirements of the Fund (DP/1983/25); and, taking into account the comments of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (DP/1983/26) as well as the views of the members of the Governing Council, requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-first session, for its consideration, a comprehensive report that will enable the Governing Council to discuss in depth the advantages and disadvantages of the phased inclusion of the UNFPA deputy representatives and limited local core staff in the regular manning table, with a view to initiating and encouraging rotation between headquarters and field professional staff, and further requests the Executive Director to submit to the Governing Council at its thirty-second session a report on the basic manpower requirements of the Fund;

     6.  Takes note of the budget estimates submitted by the Executive Director (DP/1983/23 and Corr.1 and 2), and requests the Executive Director to give increased emphasis to the programme objectives in the technical and planning and the policy and evaluation areas and divisions;

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

     8.  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 1981 (DP/1983/27).

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      l/ Report of the United Nations World Population Conference, Bucharest, 19-30 August 1974 (United Nations Publication, Sales No.E. 75. (XIII.3), chap.1.

     m/ General Assembly resolution 217A (III).

39th meeting
24 June 1983