87/30.  United Nations Fund for Population Activities

The Governing Council

            Taking into account the views expressed by delegations at its thirty-fourth session (1987) during the consideration of matters concerning the United Nations Fund for Population Activities,

            Emphasizing the sovereignty of nations in the formulation, adoption and implementation of their population policies, consistent with basic human rights and responsibilities of individuals, couples and families,

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

            Also recalling paragraphs 1 and 2 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1763 (LIV) of 18 May 1973 that set forth the aims and purposes of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities,

I

   1.  Takes note of the reports of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities on the activities of the Fund in 1986 (DP/1987/32 (parts I and II) and DP/1987/33 (parts I and II));

   2.  Notes with satisfaction the sound financial condition of the Fund in 1986, especially in view of the loss of the contribution from its traditional major donor and expresses its appreciation to all donors to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, especially those that were able to increase their contributions in 1986 and with particular reference to the additional efforts made by three donors in 1986 in the form of special one-time contributions to the Fund;

  3.  Urges all countries that are able to do so to increase their contributions in 1987 and future years, and to make their contribution payments as early as possible in the year for which the pledge is made;

   4.  Notes with satisfaction the proportions of assistance allocated to the highest priority programme areas outlined in Governing Council decision 81/7 I, paragraph 3, of 23 June 1981, as reflected in the annual report of the Executive Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities for 1986 (DP/1987/32 (parts I and II)), in accordance with the Council's previous directives;

   5.  Takes note with satisfaction of the increase in both volume and percentage terms of United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance to sub-Saharan Africa in keeping with section I, paragraph 1 of Governing Council decision 86/34 I, urging the Executive Director to increase the attention given to this region;

   6.  Reiterates its directive that the United Nations Fund for Population Activities continue to allocate at least two thirds of country programme assistance to the priority countries for United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance;

   7.  Urges that steps be taken to augment the resource base so that even while increasing the emphasis on assistance to sub-Saharan Africa and other priority countries, support for programmes in non-priority countries is maintained at present levels, if not increased;

   8.  Welcomes the intention of the Fund as set forth in the statement of 26/May 1987 by the Executive Director to the Council to conduct a wide-ranging review and assessment of accumulated population experience in key areas within its mandate, as well as of United Nations Fund for Population Activities field and headquarters operations, in order to improve further the quality, impact, effectiveness and outreach of all United Nations Fund for Population Activities-assisted programmes and projects; and requests the Executive Director to include information on the review and assessment in a section of the Annual Report of the Executive Director to the Governing Council at its thirty-fifth session (1988) and to provide a special report on the completed review and assessment to the Council at its thirty-sixth session (1989);

   9.  Notes with satisfaction the plans of the Fund to assist Governments to strengthen their own coordination machinery in the population field and the Fund's efforts to increase coordination and cooperation with other organizations and agencies notably within the Joint Consultative Group on Policy and the wider United Nations system; and urges the Executive Director to increase such collaboration by assisting the formulation and implementation of comprehensive national plans for population and health issues to ensure the complementarity of the actions of the relevant agencies and organizations of the United Nations system;

   10. Welcomes the stated intention of the Executive Director to take steps to ensure more open, substantive and continuing dialogue with Council members between sessions of the Council;

   11. Agrees that, in accordance with Section II, paragraph 2 of decision 87/20 entitled Review of the Committee of the Whole and its Working Group, inter-sessional meetings of the Working Group of the Committee of the Whole be used to consider important aspects of the Fund's present and planned programmes and initiatives, the initial discussion to take place preferably in February 1988;

   12. Encourages national Governments, whenever possible, to present their proposed United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Fund for Population Activities country programmes to the same session of the Governing Council and requests the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities to coordinate their inputs and presentations and to assist the countries, at their request, in coordinating the two programmes so as to ensure their complementarity and consistency;

   13. Also notes with satisfaction the report of the Executive Director on procedures for feedback and use of evaluation results (DP/1987/39) as requested in decision 86/34 I, paragraph 4 of 27 June 1986; endorses the proposed system; requests the Executive Director to ensure the necessary resources are provided for the finalization of the system by the end of 1987; and requests the Executive Director to include information on the finalization and initial implementation of the system in her report on evaluation to the thirty-fifth session (1988) of the Governing Council;

   14. Notes document DP/1987/36 on implementation experience and endorses the strategies outlined in this document to continue, in close cooperation with the agencies, to improve implementation of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities programme, particularly in its support for strengthening of technical backstopping, including, inter alia, increased technical resources and the strengthening of the Fund's technical capacity; endorses further decentralization to the field offices and the need for staff training of the recipient countries; and urges the United Nations Fund for Population Activities to take technical expertise, competence and past performance into account in proposing implementing entities to recipient Governments;

   15. Notes with special satisfaction the report of the Executive Director on the strategy for United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance to sub-Saharan Africa (DP/1987/37) submitted in response to decision 86/34 I, paragraph 2; agrees with the overall objectives of the proposed strategy and with the four areas that were targeted in the paper as priority areas for United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance; and requests the Executive Director to report to the Council at its thirty-fifth session (1988) on the status of the implementation of the strategy;

   16. Notes with appreciation the report on an implementation strategy to strengthen the capacity of the Fund to deal with issues concerning women, population and development (DP/1987/38); endorses the proposed four-year work plan; further endorses the Executive Director's decision to give the Special Unit for Women an adequate status in the organizational structure of the Fund; urges the Executive Director to ensure the accountability of all staff for its implementation; also urges the Executive Director to take all necessary measures to facilitate the full, prompt implementation of the strategy, including providing adequate human and financial resources to the Special Unit for Women and ensuring heightened awareness and training of the Fund's entire staff; and requests the Executive Director to provide status reports on the implementation of the strategy to the Council at its thirty-sixth (1989) and thirty-eighth (1991) sessions.

   17. Takes note of the report on the attribution of intercountry activities (DP/1987/40); approves the methodology for such attribution to developing countries as contained in the report; and requests the Executive Director to report regularly on such attribution for the past year in the work plan of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

   18. Requests the Executive Director to submit the intercountry programme of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities for the years 1988-1991 to the Council at its thirty-fifth session (1988) for its approval.

Note

   The Governing Council in this section of the decision has requested the Executive Director to submit the following reports:

I.          TO THE COUNCIL AT ITS THIRTY-FIFTH SESSION (1988)

   A.  In the Annual Report of the Executive Director to include specific chapters on:

   1. Information on the Fund's wide-ranging review and assessment of accumulated population experience in key areas within its mandate as requested in section I, paragraph 8;

   2.      A status report on the implementation of the Fund's strategy for sub-Saharan Africa as requested in section I, paragraph 15, and in paragraph 2 of decision 87/32;

   B.  To include in the previously requested report on evaluation, information on the finalization and initial implementation of the proposed system for feedback and use of lessons learned from evaluations as requested in section I, paragraph 13;

   C.  All intercountry programmes of the Fund for the years 1988-1991, as requested in section I, paragraph 18;

II.         TO THE COUNCIL AT ITS THIRTY-SIXTH SESSION (1989)

   A.     Status reports on the Fund's implementation strategy to strengthen the capacity of the Fund to deal with issues concerning women, population and development as requested in section I, paragraph 16;

   B.      Report on the Fund's wide-ranging review and assessment of accumulated population experience in key areas within its mandate as requested in section I, paragraph 8;

II

   Having considered the work plan for 1988-1991 and request for approval authority (DP/1987/34) and the report of the financial implementation of Governing Council-approved United Nations Fund for Population Activities country programmes and projects (DP/1987/35)

   1.  Commends the Executive Director for cautious forward planning at times of uncertainty of available resources;

   2.  Approves the revised programme ceiling for 1987 of $137.6 million as contained in document DP/1987/34, including an increase in the overprogramming to 10 per cent of new programmable resources of 1987;

   3.  Decides to maintain the level of permitted overprogramming up to10 per cent of new programmable resources for 1988;

   4.  Approves the work plan for 1988-1991;

   5.  Authorizes the net additional approval authority in accordance with the work plan in the amounts of:

   (a)     $30.0 million for 1988, to bring the total for 1988 to 100 per cent of the 1988 level, or $153.7 million;

   (b)     $32.8 million for 1989, to bring the total for 1989 to 75 per cent of the 1988 level, or $115.3 million;

   (c)     $35.7 million for 1990 to bring the total for 1990 to 50 per cent of the 1988 level, or $76.9 million;

   (d)     $38.4 million for 1991 to bring the total for 1991 to 25 per cent of the 1988 level.

III

   Having considered the recommendations of the Executive Director in regard to the proposed country and intercountry programmes and projects,

   1.  Approves United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance to the 31 multi-year large-scale country programmes, as set forth in the recommendation by the Executive Director (DP/1987/L.7) and enumerated below and in table B of document DP/1987/35, and included in the work plan for 1988-1991 (DP/1987/34); the level of assistance to each multi-year country programme from the regular resources of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, subject to the availability of funds initially to be programmed at the lower level set forth on the first page of each document, it being understood that the United Nations Fund for Population Activities would seek to provide the balance required to meet the higher level proposed on the first page of the country programme documents as its funding situation permits; it also being understood that if and to the extent the funding situation of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities would not permit it to finance the higher proposed level for the country programmes, the Fund will seek to locate and obtain resources from other funding sources, including from multi-bilateral sources:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola             (DP/FPA/CP/9);

Botswana         (DP/FPA/CP/13);

Burkina Faso    (DP/FPA/CP/16);

Burundi            (DP/FPA/CP/24);

Cameroon        (DP/FPA/CP/30);

Congo              (DP/FPA/CP/21);

Ethiopia            (DP/FPA/CP/27);

Gambia            (DP/FPA/CP/7);

Guinea              (DP/FPA/CP/20);

Guinea-Bissau  (DP/FPA/CP/11);

Kenya              (DP/FPA/CP/26);

Liberia              (DP/FPA/CP/6);

Madagascar     (DP/FPA/CP/28);

Malawi (DP/FPA/CP/8 and Corr.1);

Mali                 (DP/FPA/CP/12);

Mauritania        (DP/FPA/CP/23 and Corr.1);

Niger                (DP/FPA/CP/17);

Nigeria             (DP/FPA/CP/19);

Rwanda            (DP/FPA/CP/29);

Senegal            (DP/FPA/CP/18);

United Republic of Tanzania      (DP/FPA/CP/10);

Asia and the Pacific

Malaysia           (DP/FPA/CP/3);

Sri Lanka         (DP/FPA/CP/2);

Thailand           (DP/FPA/CP/1);

Latin America and the Caribbean

Honduras         (DP/FPA/CP/31);

Middle East and Mediterranean

Democratic Yemen       (DP/FPA/CP/4);

Morocco          (DP/FPA/CP/15);

Somalia            (DP/FPA/CP/25);

Sudan   (DP/FPA/CP/22);

Tunisia  (DP/FPA/CP/14);

Yemen (DP/FPA/CP/5);

   2.  Also approves United Nations Fund for Population Activities assistance to the following large-scale multi-year intercountry programme and project:

   The Global Training Programme in Population and Development (DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/34 and DP/FPA/PROJECTS/REC/34/Corr.1) in the amount of $3.95 million.

 29th meeting

 18 June 1987