93/27.  United Nations Population Fund

A

        The Governing Council

        Reaffirming the mandate of the United Nations Population Fund as contained in Economic and Social Council resolution 1763 (LIV) of 18 May 1973, and taking into account the views expressed at the fortieth session (1993) of the Governing Council 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, in full integration with their general development policies and consistent with basic human rights and with the responsibilities of individuals, couples and families,

        1.  Takes note of the report of the Executive Director on the activities of the Fund in 1992 (DP/1993/29, parts I and II) and, while welcoming the revised format of the report and noting the improvement in its analytical quality and transparency, requests the Executive Director to include, in future reports, analyses of problems encountered and lessons learned through the Fund's programming activities;

        2.  Expresses concern that projected voluntary contributions to the United Nations Population Fund in 1993 are essentially the same as in 1992, especially in view of ever increasing demands for assistance from the United Nations Population Fund and the urgency of addressing population issues in the 1990s, and, in this regard, encourages the United Nations Population Fund to heighten the strategic focus of its programmes so as to maximize the efficiency of the delivery of its assistance and the effectiveness of its programmatic activities in recipient countries;

        3.  Recognizes that expenditure on all programme areas should reflect the actual needs of recipient countries; welcomes the increase in the proportion of the Fund's expenditures devoted to maternal and child health and family planning services, as reflected in table E on page 8 of the work plan for 1994-1997 and request for programme expenditure authority (DP/1993/30); urges the United Nations Population Fund to continue to respond positively to requests from recipient countries for assistance in this area; and recognizes the important work of the United Nations Population Fund in the field of information, education, and communication and calls upon the Fund to strengthen further its information, education and communication activities, taking into account, inter alia, the special needs of adolescents;

        4.  Notes the status report on the implementation of the strategy for UNFPA assistance to sub-Saharan Africa contained in part III of the report of the Executive Director for 1992 (DP/1993/29); takes note of progress made in the main areas of the strategy; expresses concern over the loss of momentum in implementing important population activities in 1992; underscores that much more needs to be done in the region to implement fully the strategy, with special emphasis on gender issues; and requests the Executive Director to strengthen further United Nations Population Fund activities in Africa and to report to the Governing Council at its forty-second session (1995) on the continued implementation of the strategy;

        5.  Also notes the status report on the implementation strategy to strengthen the capacity of the Fund to deal with issues concerning women, population and development contained in part III of the report of the Executive Director for 1992 (DP/1993/29); takes note of the progress that has been made in the area of women, population and development; encourages the United Nations Population Fund to monitor the impact, at the country level, of its activities in women, population and development; welcomes the initiatives to strengthen the capacity of the Fund to deal with such issues, inter alia through links with women's organizations and urges that such links be pursued at the country and intercountry levels, in particular in connection with the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development and its follow up;

        6.  Acknowledges that the Fund's Programme Review and Strategy Development (PRSD) exercise is an innovative process that ensures a programme approach to the resolution of population and development issues in countries; notes the experience gained by UNFPA in undertaking such exercises in a number of countries; underlines the need to strengthen further the capacity of the recipient countries in the formulation of a programme that is well coordinated and efficiently monitored and evaluated;

        7.  Recognizes the important role that non-governmental organizations play in the implementation of population programme activities at the field level, and appreciates the pioneering role of the United Nations Population Fund within the United Nations system in this regard and encourages the Fund to involve them, whenever appropriate, in the implementation of such activities;

        8.  Welcomes the status report on United Nations Population Fund implementation of General Assembly resolution 47/199 contained in part III of the report of the Executive Director for 1992 (DP/1993/29); notes that the programming experience gained through the Fund's Programme Review and Strategy Development (PRSD) exercise places the United Nations Population Fund in a position to contribute to the formulation of the country strategy note and towards the development of a common programme approach; agrees that the Fund's new successor support-cost arrangements are an integral component of strategic programming and should contribute to national execution and decentralization; welcomes the efforts of the United Nations Population Fund, working through the Joint Consultative Group on Policy (JCGP), to harmonize its programme cycles with those of its partner organizations in the Joint Consultative Group on Policy and to adapt these cycles to national development plans; and requests the Executive Director to report to the Governing Council at its forty-first session (1994) on the progress made in the further implementation of General Assembly resolution 47/199;

        9.  Welcomes the continuing progress being made in the Global Initiative on Contraceptive Requirements and Logistics Management Needs in developing countries, in particular the cooperative efforts of the United Nations Population Fund, interested Governments, non-governmental organizations and other international agencies in organizing and conducting in-depth country studies on contraceptive requirements and logistics management needs; commends the United Nations Population Fund for the prompt publication and dissemination of the results of these country studies; notes with appreciation the increasing donor support for the procurement and distribution of contraceptive commodities; and reiterates its request that the United Nations Population Fund submit to the Governing Council at its forty-first session (1994) a report on the Global Initiative on Contraceptive Requirements and Logistics Management Needs;

        10.  Requests the Executive Director to continue the Global Initiative beyond 1994 and to seek funding on an interim basis and to include in her report to the Governing Council at its forty-first session (1994) proposals on its future funding;

        11.  Takes note of the progress report on UNFPA successor support-cost arrangements (DP/1993/32); also takes note of the progress made in implementing the technical support services arrangements, in particular the establishment of the United Nations Population Fund country support teams; welcomes the Executive Director's proposals contained in document DP/1993/32 to improve the implementation of the technical support services arrangements; and authorizes the Executive Director to make appropriate arrangements to further improve the implementation of the technical support services arrangements, and requests the Executive Director to submit a report to the Governing Council at its forty-second session (1995), as noted in paragraph 14 of decision 91/37;

        12.  Requests the Executive Director, mindful of paragraph A6 of decision 92/32, to submit to the forty-first session of the Governing Council (1994) a report updating the review and assessment study of the Fund and synthesizing the UNFPA experience over the last 25 years, and to present, at the forty-second session of the Council, the Executive Director's proposals on programme priorities and future direction of UNFPA, taking into account the views of the Governing Council on the report to be submitted to the forty-first session, as well as the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development, to be held in Cairo, in September 1994;

        13.  Encourages the Executive Director to continue her efforts to improve the evaluation activities of the United Nations Population Fund, inter alia, through the provisions of paragraph A 7 of decision 92/32 and paragraph A 12 of the present decision;

        14.  Encourages further the Executive Director to continue her efforts to decentralize decision making to the field, including project approval authority, and, taking account of paragraph A 12 of this decision, requests her to include in her annual report to the Governing Council at its forty-first session (1994) information on progress made and on anticipated efforts for further decentralization, including related field-level training and the requisite accountability structure;

        15.  Takes note of the report of the Executive Director reviewing the Fund's experience in implementing the priority-country system (DP/1993/33); reaffirms the continued use of existing criteria and their threshold levels; takes note of the most recent (January 1992) updating of the list of priority countries; and requests the Executive Director to report to the Governing Council at appropriate intervals on further progress made in implementing the priority-country system;

        16.  Requests the Executive Director to study and to report to the Governing Council at its forty-second session (1995) on the feasibility of the inclusion of maternal mortality rate as a criterion while recognizing the relevance of its inclusion as a criterion;

        17.  Takes note of the report on collaboration of the United Nations Population Fund with the World Bank and the regional development banks (DP/1993/34); agrees that collaboration between the World Bank, the regional development banks and the United Nations Population Fund is an integral part of the wider effort of the international development assistance community to assist countries in achieving sustainable development; recognizes that the cooperation should be based on the comparative advantages of the two organizations; and endorses the actions called for in the report to strengthen collaboration between the United Nations Population Fund and the World Bank and between the United Nations Population Fund and the regional development banks;

        18.  Supports fully World Health Assembly resolution 46.37, which, inter alia, calls for the Director General of the World Health Organization to consider the economic and organizational benefits of a joint and cosponsored United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, and notes with appreciation the Executive Director's intent to cooperate fully in the consultative process established in World Health Assembly resolution 46.37;

B

        The Governing Council,

        Having considered the work plan for 1994-1997 and request for programme expenditure authority (DP/1993/30) and the report of the status of financial implementation of Governing Council-approved country programmes programmes and projects (DP/1993/31),

        1.  Endorsesthe Executive Director's programme resource planning proposals set out in paragraphs 13 to 31 of documentDP/1993/30;

        2.  Approves the request for the new programme expenditure authority from regular resources in the amount of $217.3 million for 1994;

        3.  Endorses the use of the following estimates for new programmable resources from regular resources for the 1995-1997 period to be adjusted according to actual contributions:  $234.1 million for 1995; $246.8 million for 1996; and $260.4 million for 1997;

        4.  Also endorses the use of the following estimates for new programmable resources from multibilateral funding to be adjusted according to actual contributions:  $15 million per year for the years 1994-1997.

C

        The Governing Council

        1.  Approves the following country programmes:

           Sub-Saharan Africa

            Central African Republic           DP/FPA/CP/126

            Cote d'Ivoire                            DP/FPA/CP/131

            Ethiopia                                    DP/FPA/CP/132

            Guinea-Bissau                          DP/FPA/CP/124

            Madagascar                             DP/FPA/CP/121

            Mali                                         DP/FPA/CP/130

            Sao Tome and Principe            DP/FPA/CP/125

            Sierra Leone                            DP/FPA/CP/122

            Uganda                                    DP/FPA/CP/128

           Asia and the Pacific

            Lao People's Democratic
            Republic                                  DP/FPA/CP/120

            Pakistan                                   DP/FPA/CP/134

            Latin American and the Caribbean

            Colombia                                 DP/FPA/CP/123

            Guatemala                                DP/FPA/CP/133

        2.  Approves the second country programme for Equatorial Guinea (DP/FPA/CP/129) with the provision that the Executive Director shall present an interim report to the Council at its forty-first session on the implementation of the country programme;

        3.  Approves the third country programme for Rwanda (DP/FPA/CP/127) with the provision that the Executive Director shall present an interim report to the Council at its forty-first session on the implementation of the country programme as well as on the impact which the evolution of the general context of the country may have on the implementation of the programme.

29th meeting

18 June 1993