14. The Working Group:
(a) Draws attention to the fact that the real value of the funding arrangements for UNRWA agreed upon by the General Assembly in 1974 has declined over the past 35 years and is no longer in line with the Agency’s contemporary needs;
(b) Notes with concern that, considering the responsibilities they carry and the difficult operational environment in which the incumbents work, many senior management posts at UNRWA are undergraded;
(c) Welcomes the comprehensive transformation of the way in which UNRWA conducts its business carried out over the past three years under its organizational development programme and expresses serious concern about the risk that these achievements could be reversed if adequate additional resources from the regular budget of the United Nations are not provided to the Agency;
(d) Recommends that the General Assembly review, at its next session, the basis for its decision in its resolution 3331 (XXIX) B to provide funding to UNRWA for international posts so as to enable the Agency to meet contemporary demands from stakeholders and the Assembly itself;
(e) Calls on the Secretary-General to provide a report on strengthening the management capacity of UNRWA to the relevant bodies of the General Assembly at the earliest possible date.
15. The present report was adopted at a formal meeting of the Working Group on the Financing of UNRWA, chaired by Ambassador Baki İlkin of Turkey, on 25 June 2009.
1See most recent report A/63/375.
2See most recent resolution 63/93, para. 4.
3See Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-third Session, Supplement No. 49 (A/63/49), chap. III, resolution 63/93
4Regular budget income per registered refugee has fallen from $100 a year in 1990 to $66.5 in 2007, a drop of a third overall. Equivalent declines in real terms of public expenditure by Governments responsible for services similar to those provided by UNRWA are rare.
5Resolution 3331 (XXIX) B.
6Emergency programmes currently include a major recovery effort in the Gaza Strip to repair extensive damage to Agency installations, basic infrastructure in the camp areas and refugee shelters inflicted by Israeli forces during military activities in December 2008 and January 2009.
7For the 2008-2009 biennium, the General Assembly approved funding of approximately $42 million, which represented 4 per cent of UNRWA’s regular budget requirements for the period.
8A June 2009 progress report on the organizational development programme, results achieved and remaining objectives was shared with the Working Group.