88/34.  United Nations Population Fund

A

            The Governing Council

            Taking into account the views expressed by delegations at its thirty-fifth session (1988) during consideration of matters concerning the United Nations Population Fund,

            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 Population Fund,

            Also recalling paragraphs 1 and 2 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1763/(LIV) of 18 May 1973, reaffirmed by the Economic and Social Council in resolution 1986 7 of 21 May 1986, that set forth the aims and purposes of the United Nations Population Fund,

1.         Takes note of the reports of the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund on the activities of the Fund in 1987 (DP/1988/32 (Parts I and II) and DP/1988/33 (Parts I and II));

2.         Notes with satisfaction the new programme directions of the Fund, in particular improved substantive analysis, strategic programming and staff development and training;

3.   Notes with satisfaction the continued expansion of the resources of the Fund in 1987, particularly in view of the continued absence of a contribution from its traditional major donor;

4.   Invites all countries that are able to do so to increase their contributions in 1988 and future years and to make their payments as early as possible in the year for which the pledge is made;

5.   Notes with satisfaction the proportions of assistance allocated to the highest priority programme areas, particularly the increase in both the volume and percentage of total programme resources allocated to family planning;

6.   Endorses the modified criteria and their threshold levels (per capita gross national product of $750 or under, gross reproduction rate of 2.0 or more, infant mortality rate of 120 or more, annual population increment of 100,000 or more, agricultural population density of 2.0 or more persons per hectare and female literacy rate of 40 per cent or under) to be used in designating priority countries; decides to allocate 80 per cent of country programme resources to the priority countries; requests the Executive Director to submit a report to the Governing Council at its thirty-eighth session (1991) on the implementation of the modified criteria, taking into account the findings of the review and assessment exercise, and requests further the Executive Director to submit a report to the Governing Council at its fortieth session (1993), reviewing the Fund's experience in implementing the modified criteria and in reaching the 80 per cent target;

7.   Welcomes the Fund's increased emphasis on monitoring and evaluation as an integral part of its programming process, in particular the shift in the focus of independent, in-depth evaluations from individual projects to country and intercountry programmes and to technical areas and issues in a global comparative perspective, the establishment of an evaluation data base for lessons learned, the fullest possible use of evaluation results during the programming cycle, and the emphasis on training in evaluation; and requests the Executive Director to provide to the Council at its thirty-sixth session (1989), in her annual report, information on the Fund's experience with the system of feedback, and to include in her periodic report on evaluation to the thirty-seventh session of the Governing Council (1990) an overview of internal evaluation activities;

8.   Welcomes the continued increase in both volume and percentage terms of United Nations Population Fund assistance to sub-Saharan Africa and urges the Executive Director to increase further the attention given to this region;

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

10.  Requests the Executive Director to submit a report to the Council at its thirty-sixth session (1989) on the status of the implementation of the strategy for United Nations Population Fund assistance to sub-Saharan Africa;

11.  Welcomes the Fund's special efforts under the Secretary-General's initiative for Central America;

12.  Notes with satisfaction the Fund's activities, under the leadership of the World Health Organization and in collaboration with other United Nations agencies, to assist developing countries, upon their request, in efforts to fight the AIDS pandemic, and requests the Fund once again to include a special section on AIDS in the report of the Executive Director for 1988;

13.  Notes with satisfaction the Fund's continuing efforts and new initiatives to emphasize policy and programme coordination and cooperation with concerned organizations, programmes and agencies of the United Nations system, notably with the other members of the Joint Consultative Group on Policy, as well as with the non-governmental organization community and bilateral population assistance programmes;

14.  Encourages the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Population Fund to continue their efforts to coordinate their inputs into country programmes and to assist countries, at the request of the countries, in coordinating the two programmes so as to ensure the complementarity and consistency of these programmes and in integrating to an even greater extent demographic data and population issues in their development plans;

15.  Notes with satisfaction the systematic efforts of the Fund in the Women, Population and Development sector, in particular the extension of training in the incorporation of women's concerns in population programmes for staff in the field and at headquarters, as well as for their national counterparts, and welcomes the adoption of measures to ensure that all aspects of programming reflect due attention to gender-specific issues, such as the recognition of women as resource managers, and the need for the collection and analysis of statistical data on women;

16.  Encourages the Fund to continue to increase support for activities related to population issues specifically designed to improve the status of women;

17.  Underscores the importance of devoting, upon request by Governments, sufficient resources for the financing of socio-cultural studies on families' attitudes, beliefs and practices with regard to fertility and family planning in order to better formulate the content of family planning information and education among target populations;

18.  Notes with satisfaction the publications, including the annual State of World Population report, produced by the United Nations Population Fund in conformity with its mandate to promote awareness of population and related issues both in developed and developing countries (Economic and Social Council resolution 1763/(LIV)), and requests the Executive Director to consider Arabic, Chinese and Russian language versions also of basic publications, when appropriate.

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1 July 1988

B

           The Governing Council

    Having considered the work plan for 1989-1992 and request for approval authority (DP/1988/34) and the report on the financial implementation of Governing Council-approved United Nations Population Fund country programmes and projects (DP/1988/35),

    1.   Endorses the Executive Director's planning proposals set out in paragraphs 29 and 30 of document DP/1988/34;

    2.   Approves the revised programme ceiling for 1988 of $173.7 million as contained in document DP/1988/34, including an overprogramming authority of up to 10/per/cent of new programmable resources in 1988;

    3.   Decides to maintain the level of permitted overprogramming of up to 10/per/cent of new programmable resources for 1989;

    4.   Endorses the resource forecast shown in table H of document DP/1988/34 and the proposed distribution plans set out in tables I and J of the work plan as modified by the decision to allocate 80/per/cent of country programme resources to the priority countries, while drawing the attention of the Executive Director to the concerns expressed on the share of intercountry activities;

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

               (a)  $63.7 million for 1989, to bring the total for 1989 to 100 per cent of the provisional programme ceiling for 1989, or $179 million;

    (b)  $42.3 million for 1990, to bring the total for 1990 to 75per cent of the new programmable resources for 1990, or $119.2 million;

    (c)  $48 million for 1991, to bring the total for 1991 to 50 per cent of the new programmable resources for 1991, or $86.4 million;

    (d)  $46.7 million for 1992, to bring the total for 1992 to 25 per cent of the new programmable resources for 1992.

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1 July 1988

 

C

 

            The Governing Council

1.   Approves the following country programmes:

Benin                DP/FPA/CP/32

Bhutan              DP/FPA/CP/33

Cape Verde     DP/FPA/CP/34

Colombia         DP/FPA/CP/44

Costa Rica       DP/FPA/CP/46

Gabon              DP/FPA/CP/36

Guatemala        DP/FPA/CP/45

Lesotho            DP/FPA/CP/37

Nepal               DP/FPA/CP/41

Paraguay          DP/FPA/CP/43

Peru                 DP/FPA/CP/47

Swaziland         DP/FPA/CP/38

Turkey             DP/FPA/CP/35

Uganda            DP/FPA/CP/40

Viet Nam         DP/FPA/CP/42 and Corr.1

Zambia DP/FPA/CP/39

2.   Approves the following regional programmes:

(a)  The regional programme for the sub-Saharan Africa area, 1988-1991, as contained in document DP/1988/37/Add.2;

(b)  The regional programme for the Arab States and European area, 1988-1991, as contained in document DP/1988/37/Add.3;

(c)  The regional programme for the Asia and the Pacific area, 1988-1991, as contained in document DP/1988/37/Add.4;

(d)  The regional programme for the Latin American and Caribbean region, 1988-1991, as contained in document DP/1988/37/Add.5;

3.   Approves the interregional programme, 1988-1991, as contained in document DP/1988/37/Add.1, with the exception of the following four projects(described in some detail in the annex to document DP/1988/39), which were referred to the Budgetary and Finance Committee (see paras. 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of decision 88/36):

(a)  Management Information Systems project;

(b)  Publications aimed at increasing awareness of population issues;

(c)  Review and assessment;

(d)  Monitoring of multilateral population programmes;

4.   Requests the Executive Director to submit in her annual report a progress report on the implementation of each of the five programmes mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3 above to the thirty-sixth session (1989) of the Governing Council and a status report to the thirty-seventh session (1990).

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1 July 1988