30 October 2008
THE DELEGATION OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
ON THE AGENDA ITEMS
121: PROPOSED PROGRAMME BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUMM 2004-2005
122: PROGRAMME PLANNING
BEFORE THE FIFTH COMMITTEE
OF THE 58TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSSEMBLY
New York, 30, Oct, 2003
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Since this is the first time I take the floor in the Fifth Committee under your chairmanship, allow me to express to you and other members of the bureau the warmest congratulations of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran for your election.
We appreciate the Secretary-General for introducing the proposed programme budget for the next two years. Our thanks go also to the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mr. Mselle, and the Chairman of the Committee for Programme and Coordination, Mr. Mirmohammad, for presenting the reports of their respective committees. Thoughtful reports of these Committees will greatly contribute to our deliberations and decision making. Their observations, conclusions and recommendations will be a valuable input in reaching agreement in the negotiations ahead in order to provide the Organization with the required resources for the implementation of the mandated programmes and activities.
My delegation wishes to associate itself with the statement made by the Permanent Representative of the kingdom of Morocco on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
The proposed programme budget has been significantly shortened and presented in a more strategic format. We recall that the General Assembly also requested that the budget proposal should continue to fully justify resource requirements and better reflect the priorities. It is imperative to ensure that Member States continue to receive adequate information in the main part of the budget document, including the impact thereof on the implementation of programmes, in order to enable them to take well-informed decisions.
Efforts have been made towards the implementation of a results-based approach in the presentation of the budget. Results-based budgeting system should contribute to ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of all mandated programmes and activities. While supporting further integration of result-based budgeting and results-based management into the work of the Organization we recall that it should not lead to departure from legislative mandate or discontinuation of those activities which have not illustrated their results during certain period of time. It is important that we acknowledge that result-based budgeting is not a cost-cutting measure. It will ensure that our resources are spent in a more cost effective way and enable Member States to better monitor the quality of the outputs. Meanwhile, the budgetary process, as approved by the General Assembly in its resolutions 41/213 and 42/211, and reaffirmed in subsequent resolutions, continues to be valid and should be fully adhered to.
We note that the proposed programme budget for 2004-2005 contains provisions for reallocation of resources between several programmes in order to align activities with the priorities. Such reallocations should reflect the priorities established in the Medium-Term Plan, as the principle policy directive of the Organization, and therefore, should lead to adequate allocation of resources for the economic and social development fields as mandated by the Millennium Development Goals and follow-up of major conferences. Addressing the development needs is a top priority which is indispensable to create a reliable condition for the achievement and maintenance of the desired results in other areas of priority.
We would like to reiterate that the resources approved by the General Assembly must be commensurate with all mandated programmes and activities. The effective functioning of the United Nations requires Member States to provide adequate resources to the Secretariat to enable full implementation of all mandates, and to also provide essential services needed for the proper functioning of the intergovernmental machinery.
In this regard, the continuation of the alarming trend of using extra-budgetary resources to fund priority areas of the Organization that should be funded from the regular budget is a cause of concern. Such resources do not provide predictable and stable framework to be used by programme managers, nor always are in compliance with the objectives of the respective programmes and in a non-selective manner.
My delegation notes the rate of growth in the proposed budget. Compared with the revised appropriations for 2002-2003, the estimate of $3.058 billion proposed by the Secretary –General reflects a 0.5 percent real growth and 5.8 percent nominal increase of resources. The Advisory Committee recommends a budget level of $3.017 billion which results in 0.4 percent negative real growth and 4.4 percent nominal resource increase. If the currency and inflation rates are updated, which is second re-costing, an additional $150 million will be required.
As regards to the number of staff and new posts, we note that staff costs represent almost 80 percent of the total regular budget. Over 9000 posts are financed through the regular budget and other 7000 through extra budgetary funds. 115 new posts have been proposed for the coming biennium, from which acceptance of 59 have been recommended by the Advisory Committee. The scope for redeployment of existing posts to carry out new functions has also been explored. We look forward to further elaboration and examination of these subjects in the informal consultations.
May I conclude, Mr. Chairman, by assuring you that my delegation will spare no effort in contributing constructively to the work of the Committee so that the forthcoming deliberations and negotiations will reach the positive outcome we all expect.