95/30.    Harmonization of budget presentations

The Executive Board

1.         Requests the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund to provide the Board with draft appropriation decisions on the budgets prior to the Board's discussions on the budget;

2.         Takes note of the continuous commitment of the Administrator and of the Executive Director to contribute to the harmonization of budget presentations in response to Board decision 94/30 of October 1994;

3.         Requests the Administrator and the Executive Director to accelerate their efforts to contribute to the harmonization of budget presentations and to provide the following information to the Executive Board:

(a)            At the second regular session 1996: 
Oral progress report, including an identification of common features in the budgets of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Children’s Fund, and an explanation of the areas that are not common in the budgets;

(b)            At the annual session 1996: 
Oral progress report on steps needed for further harmonization which, together with an account of the debate held on the issue during the annual session of the Board, will be reported on to the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session 1996.

(c)            At the third regular session 1996: 
Submission of initial proposals for action by the Executive Board, through the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions;

4.         Also requests the Administrator and the Executive Director to ensure that the proposals for harmonization and budget presentation further promote the provision of user-friendly and transparent budget documents and preparation procedures.

15 September 1995