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        General Assembly
7 February 2001

Original: ENGLISH

Fifty-fifth session
Fifth Committee
Agenda item 153 (a)
Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing
of the United Nations peacekeeping operations: financing
of the United Nations peacekeeping operations

Budgetary requirements of each peacekeeping operation for
the period from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001

Note by the Secretary-General

1. Pursuant to section I, paragraph 8, of General Assembly resolution 49/233 A of 23 December 1994, information on the initial estimated budgetary requirements of all current peacekeeping operations during the 12-month period from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001 ($2,072,562,000) was provided in the note by the Secretary-General of 8 May 2000 (A/C.5/54/61).

2. The present note updates the budgetary information contained in that note and reflects the appropriations, as well as commitment authorities with assessments, provided by the General Assembly up to the conclusion of the main part of its fifty-fifth regular session on 23 December 2000 for all current peacekeeping operations for the period from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001, inclusive of requirements for the support account for peacekeeping operations and the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi. As can be seen from the table (annex), the total amounts provided by the General Assembly thus far amount to some $2.4 billion gross.


5. With regard to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the General Assembly, in its resolution 55/180 of 19 December 2000, approved a revised budget for the Force for the period from 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001 of $225,715,700 gross, inclusive of budgeted voluntary contributions in kind. The revised budget was based on the force strength of 7,900 military personnel endorsed by the Security Council in a presidential statement of 23 May 2000 (S/PRST/2000/18). However, subsequent to the above financing action by the Assembly, it was confirmed that the budgeted deployment of two battalions early in 2001 would not take place. Moreover, in the light of the Secretary-General’s report dated 22 January 2001 to the Council on UNIFIL (S/2001/66), the Council, in its resolution 1337 (2001) of 30 January 2001, decided to return the military personnel of UNIFIL to the operational level of 4,500 by 31 July 2001, including taking into account the upcoming rotations of the battalions. In view of these developments, the Secretariat, on its own initiative, has immediately adjusted downward the budgetary resources just approved by the General Assembly by $26,437,900, to $199,277,800. The downward adjustment includes the suppression of a number of new civilian posts that had been authorized. A report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly at the first part of its resumed fifty-fifth session is under preparation, in which it will be recommended that the Assembly revise its approval of the UNIFIL budget for the period downward, to the reduced amount of $199,277,800.


8. In accordance with section I of resolution 49/233 A, consolidated information on the proposed budgetary requirements for peacekeeping operations for the period from 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 will be submitted to the General Assembly in May 2001.

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