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Performance report on the budget of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003
Report of the Secretary-General
1. The budget for the maintenance of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 was set out in the report of the Secretary-General of 1 April 2002 (A/56/893) and amounted to US$ 112,376,000 gross ($108,401,200 net) inclusive of voluntary contributions of $333,500. It provided for 3,513 military contingents, 144 international staff and 339 national staff. On the basis of the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions contained in paragraph 15 of its report of 5 April 2002 (A/56/887/Add.7), the General Assembly, by its resolution 56/214 B of 27 June 2002, appropriated an amount of $112,042,500 gross ($108,401,200 net) for the maintenance of the Force for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003. The total amount appropriated has been assessed on Member States.
II. Mandate performance
2. The mandate of the Force was established by the Security Council in its resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978). The mandate for the performance period was provided by the Council in its resolutions 1391 (2002), 1428 (2002) and 1461 (2003).
3. The Force is mandated to help the Security Council achieve an overall objective, namely, to maintain international peace and security.
4. Within this overall objective, UNIFIL, during the performance report period, has contributed to a number of expected accomplishments by delivering related key outputs, shown in the frameworks below. These frameworks are grouped by components: operations and support. The components reflect, rather than determine, the common programmatic nature of the expected accomplishments and outputs contained therein.
5. The frameworks represent a shift towards a results-based budgeting approach. The 2002/03 budget did not include standard frameworks for planned results, which would have been the baseline against which performance would be measured and reported. Therefore, the Force’s mandate performance is presented in a transitional format showing the actual indicators of achievement and actual outputs during the 2002/03 period for which information was available. The expected accomplishments would lead to the fulfilment of the Security Council’s objective within the time frame of the mission and the actual indicators of achievement show a measurement of progress towards such accomplishments during the performance period. The actual outputs represent the contributions made by the mission towards the expected accomplishments during the performance period.
Component 1: Operations
1.1.3 Fourfold increase in firing incidents (35 in 2001/02a compared to 176 in 2002/03)
a Statistics for the period 2001-2002 reflected in A/57/662 and Corr.1 were erroneous.
Component 2: Support
2.1.3 Number of hours of wide area network/local area network (WAN/LAN) downtime reduced from 60 hours in 2001/02 to 36 hours in 2002/03
2.1.4 Vehicle off-road ratio reduced from 7% in 2001/02 to 5% in 2002/03
III. Resource performance
A. Financial resources
(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.)
B. Other income and adjustments
C. Contingent-owned equipment: major equipment
D. Non-budgeted contributions
(Thousands of US dollars)
a Inclusive of rental costs of UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura ($441,200), UNIFIL House in Beirut ($333,500), which had previously been reported under voluntary contributions in kind (budgeted), and military positions ($703,900) provided by the Government of Lebanon.
IV. Analysis of variances 1
7. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to lower than expected expenditures related to the relocation of civilian international staff from Israel to Lebanon in the period from August to October 2002. Some UNIFIL staff were in other missions on temporary duty.
8. The additional requirements are mainly attributable to a salary increase effective 1 August 2002, with consequent higher expenditures for national staff salaries, common staff costs and staff assessment.
9. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the cancellation of travel plans by staff from Headquarters due to the regional security situation.
10. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the decision not to purchase large capacity generators, as spare parts were made available from the field reserve. Adequate power supply was ensured by repairing the old generators.
11. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the lower than anticipated costs of repair and maintenance services for vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, as a result of the reduction in the fleet size from 750 to 695 vehicles, while retaining newer cars.
12. The additional funding requirement is attributable to the increase in third-party insurance premiums.
13. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the fact that the cost of spare parts had been overestimated.
14. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the lower utilization of medical supplies due to a reduction in medical incidents in the UNIFIL area of operations.
15. The reduced requirements are mainly attributable to the fact that the anticipated compensation to landlords was higher than the actual claims negotiated.
V. Actions to be taken by the General Assembly
16. The actions to be taken by the General Assembly in connection with the financing of UNIFIL are:
(a) To decide on the treatment of the unencumbered balance of $4,445,700 with respect to the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003;
(b) To decide on the treatment of other income/adjustments for the period ended 30 June 2003 amounting to $11,343,000 from interest income ($6,637,000), other/miscellaneous income ($1,603,000) and savings on or cancellation of prior-period obligations ($3,171,000), offset by prior-period adjustments of $68,000.