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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
A/C.5/55/SR.4
27 September 2000

Fifty-fifth session
Official Records




Fifth Committee

Summary record of the 4th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 27 September 2000, at 10 a.m.


Chairman:Mr. Rosenthal ........................................................................
Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions: Mr. Mselle
(Guatemala)


Contents

Organization of work

Agenda item 116: Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations

Reports of the Joint Inspection Unit

Agenda item 122: Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations (continued)

The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

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Agenda item 116: Review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations


Reports of the Joint Inspection Unit (A/54/960; A/55/34)

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18. Mr. Nakkari (Syrian Arab Republic) said that JIU was to be commended for undertaking ambitious programmes, notwithstanding its limited resources. Regarding the review of management and administration at the United Nations Office at Geneva (A/54/960, para. 10), he said that there was a need for in-depth consideration of the experience of outsourcing before further possibilities in that area were explored. As to the preliminary listing of potential reports for 2001 and beyond, his delegation would look forward with interest to the review of the financial situation in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) (para. 13 (b)), but it would like to know why that review had not been conducted earlier. Lastly, he wished to know what the review of the reform process in the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (para. 14 (h)) would entail.

19. Mr. Ouedraogo (Chairman of the Joint Inspection Unit) ...

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28. The review of management and administration in UNESCO had been conducted at the request of the Director-General of UNESCO, and a report had been issued within four months of the request. JIU staff had worked closely with the UNESCO secretariat in order to ensure that the Unit’s contribution added value to the process of reform under way in UNESCO. The aim of the ongoing review of management and administration in WHO was to consider the recent major management reforms at WHO in the light of the reforms undertaken at other organizations of the common system. The reviews of the financial situation in UNRWA and the reform process in the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO had been deferred because, as so often happened, other priorities had emerged. In February 2000, for example, shortly after approving its programme of work for the current year, the Unit had received an urgent request for the conduct of a review of management and administration in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) within the framework of the ongoing reform in ITU.

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The meeting rose at 12.05 p.m.


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