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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/60/628
22 December 2005

Original: English

Sixtieth session
Agenda item 149 (a)
Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the
Middle East: United Nations Disengagement Observer Force



Performance report on the budget of the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force for the period from
1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005


Report of the Secretary-General



Contents
Paragraphs
Page
    I. Introduction
1–3
3
    II. Mandate performance
4–7
3
    III. Resource performance
8
    A. Financial resources
8
    B. Other income and adjustments
9
    C. Expenditure for contingent-owned equipment: major equipment and self-sustainment
9
    IV. Analysis of variances
8–21
10
    V. Actions to be taken by the General Assembly
22
13





Summary

The present report contains the performance report on the budget of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

The total expenditure for UNDOF for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 has been linked to the mission’s objective through a number of results-based frameworks, grouped by components, namely, operations and support.

Performance of financial resources

(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.)

Variance
Category
Apportionment
Expenditure
Amount
Percentage
Military and police personnel
19 326.8
19 397.8
(71.0)
(0.4)
Civilian personnel
8 678.1
7 166.1
1 512.0
17.4
Operational costs
12 897.2
14 256.0
(1 358.8)
(10.5)
Gross requirements
40 902.1
40 819.9
82.2
0.2
Staff assessment income
1 175.4
1 073.9
101.5
8.6
Net requirements
39 726.7
39 746.0
(19.3)
(0.0)
Voluntary contributions in kind (budgeted)
Total requirements
40 902.1
40 819.9
82.2
0.2


Human resources incumbency performance

Category
Approveda
Actual (average)
Vacancy rate(percentage) b
Military observers
Military contingents
1 047
1 031
0.6
Civilian police
Formed police units
International staff
42
36
14.1
National staff
92
91
1.5
United Nations Volunteers
Government-provided personnel
Civilian electoral observers
a Represents the highest level of authorized strength.
b Based on monthly incumbency.


The actions to be taken by the General Assembly are set out in section V of the present report.


I. Introduction


1. The budget for the maintenance of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 was set out in the report of the Secretary-General of 22 December 2003 (A/58/662 and Corr.1) and amounted to $40,902,100 gross ($39,726,700 net). It provided for 1,037 military contingent personnel, 42 international staff and 92 national staff. The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, in paragraph 32 of its report of 8 April 2004 (A/58/759/Add.7), recommended that the General Assembly appropriate $40,715,700 gross for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

2. The General Assembly, by its resolution 58/306 of 18 June 2004, appropriated an amount of $40,902,100 gross ($39,726,700 net) for the maintenance of the mission for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005. The total amount has been assessed on Member States.

3. The General Assembly, in its resolution 58/295 of 18 June 2004, approved the creation of a Chief Security Officer post (P-3) in order to strengthen the security and safety of the operations, staff and premises of the Force. The staff costs relating to the post were accommodated within the approved budget for the period from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.

II. Mandate performance


4. The mandate of the Force was established by the Security Council in its resolution 350 (1974). The mandate for the reporting period was provided in Council resolutions 1550 (2004) and 1578 (2004).

5. The Force is mandated to help the Security Council achieve an overall objective, namely, to maintain international peace and security.

6. Within this overall objective, the Force has, during the reporting period, contributed to a number of accomplishments by delivering related key outputs, shown in the frameworks below. These frameworks are divided into operations and support components.

7. The present report assesses actual performance against the planned results-based frameworks set out in the 2004/05 budget. In particular, the performance report compares the actual indicators of achievement, that is, the extent to which progress has been made during the period against the expected accomplishments, with the planned indicators of achievement and compares the completed outputs with the planned outputs.



Component 1: Operations

Expected accomplishments
The parties acted in accordance with the Disengagement Agreement; reduced threat of mines in the Area of Separation and Area of Limitation
Planned indicators of achievementActual indicators of achievement
Separation of forces and areas of limitation maintainedAchieved: zero serious violations of the ceasefire and 113 minor protested violations of the ceasefire agreement in UNDOF area of responsibility
Zero persons killed or injured by mines and unexploded ordnanceThree Syrian Arab Republic Armed Forces soldiers killed in a minefield on one side of the Area of Limitation
Planned outputs
Completed (number or yes/no)
Remarks
Biweekly high-level meetings with the Syrian authorities, meetings with local Syrian officials, as needed
34
Monthly high-level meetings with the Israel Defense Forces command
12
Biweekly meetings with the Israel Defense Forces liaison staff
26
10,950 mobile day and night patrols
15 081
3,342 foot, 8,463 vehicle, 1,337 standing and 1,939 night patrols
5,840 daily observation and checkpoint activities, as required (2 soldiers x 8 checkpoints x 365 days)
5 336
As a result of the new concept of operations, the number of daily patrols has increased while the number of static observation posts has decreased
Biweekly inspections in the Area of Limitation on both sides
26
Completed inspections on both sides of the Area of Limitation
Reports of all protests and violations
113
2 reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council
2
Reports submitted to the Secretary-General
Communication with the parties during crisis situations
0
No crisis situations arose
Operational mines and unexploded ordnance cleared in the Area of Separation
259
40
Mines cleared
Pieces of unexploded ordnance cleared
Advice provided to mine awareness project of the United Nations Children’s Fund
No
Not requested


Component 2: Support

Expected accomplishment 2.1 : Provision of effective and efficient logistical and administrative support to the mission
Planned indicators of achievement Actual indicators of achievement
Improved living conditions of the remaining 26 per cent of troops owing to upgraded accommodation infrastructure upon completion of modernization programme Achieved
Establishment of e-mail, Intranet and improved telephone facilities at all 19 military positions (442 military personnel), an increase from 12 positions in 2003/04 (308 military personnel) Because of sanctions imposed on the Syrian Arab Republic, the equipment did not arrive on time; project estimated to be completed by December 2005
Reduction in the procurement cycle from requisition to award from 120 days to 90 days Achieved; average processing time from receipt of requisition to the issuance of the purchase order: 46 calendar days
Reduction in percentage of total inventory value written off and awaiting disposal from 7 per cent as at 30 June 2003 to 2 per cent at 30 June 2005 Percentage of total inventory value written off and awaiting disposal was reduced from 7 per cent as at 30 June 2003 to 3.09 per cent at 30 June 2005
Planned outputs
Completed (number or yes/no)
Remarks
Modernization programme
1 central dining facility to be built at Camp Ziouani
10%
Project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline; estimated completion February 2006
1 receiving and inspection warehouse to be constructed at Camp Faouar
Yes
Completed
1 radome to be constructed at the Hermon Hotel to replace microwave communications site
Yes
Completed
4 new shelters/bunkers to be established (Camp Faouar, shelter 103, Camp Ziouani-Polbatt, Area of Separation-Hermon south and position 12)
10%
Contract awarded; estimated completion October 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline
4 new water wells to be installed (positions 12, 27, 31 and 37)
20%
Estimated completion October 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline
8 outdated positions to be dismantled/downsized (positions 17, 33, 63, 66, 67, 81, 82 and 83)
4
4 positions dismantled: 33, 66, 67 and 81; position 63 to be dismantled in July 2005, position 82 in August 2005 and position 83 in September 2005; position 17 is under review
7 microwave high-capacity voice and data links to be installed (positions 16, 22, 25, 31, 62, 69 and 80A) for a total of 19 operational positions connected to UNDOF wide-area network
1
Out of 7 positions planned, only the microwave link at position 16 was installed; in the other 6 positions implementation could not take place because of late delivery of Cisco equipment due to sanctions on the Syrian Arab Republic; positions 22 and 80A were completed in September 2005; remaining positions scheduled for completion by May 2006
1 back-up link to the representative’s office in Damascus to be established for data security/disaster recovery
1
Completed
Service improvement
4 bills of sale to be awarded on written-off assets (2 sales at Camp Faouar and 2 at Camp Ziouani)
24
It was estimated that 4 bills of sale would be awarded during the year; however, as bids received were for partial items from the catalog of items for sale, the number of awards of bill of sale was increased
Galileo system to be implemented
Yes
Galileo system implemented in October 2004
30 UNDOF staff to be trained in Galileo system
79
50 civilian staff and 29 military personnel trained
Military improvement
Emplacement, rotation and repatriation of 1,250 military personnel
Yes
Rotations completed
Rations and petrol, oil and lubricants to be supplied to 2 camps and 19 positions for 1,037 troops (average per month)
Yes
Regular supplies provided
Civilian personnel
41 international and 106 national staff contracts to be administered
Yes
39 international and 103 national staff contracts administered
Facilities and infrastructure
Paint 7 buildings at Camp Ziouani: buildings 232-236 and Camp Faouar: Austrian battalion building
Yes
Completed
7 shelters to be renovated: 6 at Camp Ziouani, shelters 0, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, and 1 at Area of Separation position 27
20%
Contract awarded; estimated completion September 2005; project delayed because of unfavourable climate conditions during the construction timeline
2 central heating systems to be replaced (Camp Faouar buildings 7 and 23)
2
Completed
102 generators to be operated, maintained and repaired
102
Completed
8 km of roads to be repaired
Yes
Completed
11 water purification/filtration systems to be maintained in 10 locations
Yes
Completed
Ground transportation
373 vehicles, including 28 Nyala and 4 M113 armoured personnel carriers to be maintained
Yes
Completed as planned
Communications
10 telephone exchanges to be supported and centrally managed
10
Information technology
391 desktops, 40 laptops, 37 servers, 132 laser-jet printers and 25 scanners in 22 locations to be supported, maintained and repaired
Yes
Over 95 per cent system uptime
Wide-area network to be supported using 132 workstations for 529 users
Yes
Continuous data support services provided to the Force; over 95 per cent system uptime
Medical
3 level-1 medical centres to provide service to 6,800 patients
8 508
Patients treated



III. Resource performance



A. Financial resources
(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.)

Variance
Apportionment
Expenditure
Amount
Percentage
Category
(1)
(2)
(3) = (1) - (2)
(4) = (3) ÷ (1)
Military and police personnel
Military observers
Military contingents
19 326.8
19 397.8
(71.0)
(0.4)
Civilian police
Formed police units
Subtotal
19 326.8
19 397.8
(71.0)
(0.4)
Civilian personnel
International staff
6 825.1
5 287.6
1 537.5
22.5
National staff
1 853.0
1 878.5
(25.5)
(1.4)
United Nations Volunteers
Subtotal
8 678.1
7 166.1
1 512.0
17.4
Operational costs
General temporary assistance
193.9
224.3
(30.4)
(15.7)
Government-provided personnel
Civilian electoral observers
Consultants
Official travel
300.7
217.8
82.9
27.6
Facilities and infrastructure
5 573.9
6 564.4
(990.5)
(17.8)
Ground transportation
2 986.5
3 507.4
(520.9)
(17.4)
Air transportation
Naval transportation
Communications
1 840.7
1 795.0
45.7
2.5
Information technology
887.7
973.8
(86.1)
(9.7)
Medical
291.9
307.4
(15.5)
(5.3)
Special equipment
203.9
76.6
127.3
62.4
Other supplies, services and equipment
618.0
589.3
28.7
4.6
Quick-impact projects
Subtotal
12 897.2
14 256.0
(1 358.8)
(10.5)
Gross requirements
40 902.1
40 819.9
82.2
0.2
Staff assessment income
1 175.4
1 073.9
101.5
8.6
Net requirements
39 726.7
39 746.0
(19.3)
(0.0)
Voluntary contributions in kind (budgeted)
Total requirements
40 902.1
40 819.9
82.2
0.2


B. Other income and adjustments
(Thousands of United States dollars)

Category
Amount
Interest income
594
Other/miscellaneous income
638
Voluntary contributions in cash
Prior-period adjustments
(2)
Savings on or cancellation of prior-period obligations
671
Total
1 901


C. Expenditure for contingent-owned equipment: major
equipment and self-sustainment
(Thousands of United States dollars)

Category
Expenditure
Major equipment
Military observers
Military contingents
289.2
Formed police units
Subtotal
289.2
Self-sustainment
Facilities and infrastructure
Catering (kitchen facilities)
137.1
Office equipment
Electrical
Minor engineering
81.2
Laundry and cleaning
Tentage
Accommodation
Miscellaneous general stores
120.0
Unique equipment
Field defence stores
Communications
Medical services
82.7
Special equipment
Explosive ordnance disposal
45.4
Observation
0.4
Identification
Nuclear, biological and chemical protection
Subtotal
466.8
Total
756.0
Mission factors
Percentage
Effective date
Last review date
Applicable to mission area
Extreme environmental condition factor
Intensified operational condition factor
Hostile action/forced abandonment factor
Applicable to home country
Incremental transportation factor
0.0-2.75


IV. Analysis of variances

Variance
Military contingents
($71)
(0.4%)


8. The additional requirements of $71,000 resulted mainly from the settlement of troop-reimbursement claims relating to prior years and from the increased requirement for the travel and rotation of contingents caused by an increase in the aircraft charter costs due to a raise in the fuel prices during the period. The additional requirements are offset by savings on rations due to favourable contract prices.

Variance
International staff
$1 537.5
22.5%


9. The unspent balance of $1,537,500 is mainly the result of a higher than budgeted vacancy rate. The actual vacancy rate was 14.1 per cent compared to a budgeted vacancy rate of zero. The high vacancy rate during the period was caused by delays in the recruitment process and short-term assignments of international staff to other missions.

Variance
National staff
($25.5)
(1.4%)


10. The additional requirements of $25,500 are due mainly to increased requirements under common staff costs and an increase in the salary scales effective October 2004.
Variance
General temporary assistance
($30.4)
(15.7%)


11. The additional requirements resulted from the higher than expected number of personnel required to execute the modernization programme and the electronic archiving and active directory services projects.

Variance
Official travel
$82.9
27.6%


12. The unspent balance of $82,900 is due mainly to reduced requirements for travel of United Nations Headquarters personnel to the mission, achieved by combining trips to other missions in the same region.

Variance
Facilities and infrastructure
($990.5)
(17.8%)

13. The additional requirements resulted mainly from higher than expected requirements under construction services and utilities.

14. Under construction services, the additional requirements related to the improvement of conditions at several positions and at Camp Ziouani and Camp Faouar. The additional requirements under utilities are related to the implementation of the modernization programme.

Variance
Ground transportation
($520.9)
(17.4%)


15. The additional requirements in the amount of $520,900 resulted mainly from the higher than expected cost of repair and maintenance of SISU and M-113 armoured personnel carriers and the increase in the requirements for their spare parts. The additional requirements under repairs and maintenance and spare parts were offset by savings under the acquisition of ground transportation, as the mission received 35 four-wheel-drive light vehicles for which provision was made in the budget at no cost from the United Nations Mission in Burundi.

Variance
Communications
$45.7
2.5%

16. The unspent balance of $45,700 resulted from reduced requirements for commercial communications offset by additional requirements for communications spare parts and supplies.

17. With regard to commercial communications, the reduced requirements arose from the improved Internet environment of the host country. The additional requirements under spare parts and supplies resulted from the acquisition of licensed software to run the mission’s main telephone exchange, the repair of the satellite transceivers and the repair of the microwave units damaged by lightning.

Variance
Information technology
($86.1)
(9.7%)

18. The additional requirements of $86,100 are mainly the result of the acquisition of a digital imagery system for the mapping project, for which no provision was made.

Variance
Medical
($15.5)
(5.3%)

19. The additional requirements resulted from the payment of claims for medical supplies relating to prior periods. The additional requirements were offset by reduced requirements under medical services, as the mission experienced a significantly lower number of hospitalizations than planned.

Variance
Special equipment
$127.3
62.4%


20. The variance relates to reduced requirements for the replacement of observation equipment. Part of the unspent balance was used for the acquisition of safety and security equipment.

Variance
Other supplies, services and equipment
$28.7
4.6%

21. The unspent balance resulted from reduced requirements for freight and related costs, miscellaneous claims and operational maps. As most of the procurement was done locally the requirements for freight and related costs were reduced. The unutilized balances under miscellaneous claims and operational maps resulted from lower than expected requirements. The unspent balance of $28,700 is offset by additional requirements for the acquisition of maintenance equipment reflected under the object code, “other equipment”.

V. Actions to be taken by the General Assembly


22. The actions to be taken by the General Assembly in connection with the financing of UNDOF are:

(a) To decide that Member States shall waive their respective shares in other income for the period ended 30 June 2005 amounting to $1,901,100 and their respective shares in the amount of $19,900 from the unencumbered balance of $82,200 for the period ended 30 June 2005, to be applied to meeting the current and future after-service health insurance liabilities of the United Nations;

(b) To decide on the treatment of the remaining unencumbered balance of $62,300 for the period ended 30 June 2005.


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