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Performance report on the budget of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force 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 Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 was set out in the report of the Secretary-General of 26 February 2002 (A/56/832) and amounted to $38,991,800 gross ($38,072,000 net). It provided for 1,037 military personnel, 41 international staff and 89 national staff. On the basis of the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions contained in paragraph 25 of its report dated 4 April 2002 (A/56/887/Add.8), the General Assembly, by its resolution 56/294 of 27 June 2002, appropriated an amount of $39 million gross ($38.1 million net) for the maintenance of the Force for the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003. The total amount has been assessed on Member States.
II. Mandate performance
2. The mandate of the Force was established by Security Council resolution 350 (1974) of 31 May 1974. The mandate for the performance period was provided by Security Council resolutions 1415 (2002) of 30 May 2002 and 1451 (2002) of 17 December 2002.
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, during the performance report period the Force has contributed to a number of 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 mandate, 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 Force towards the expected accomplishments during the performance period.
Component 1: Operations
2.1.2 Completed the first stages of construction and renovation, which enhanced living and working conditions of 96 troops (12.6% of total)
III. Resource performance
A. Financial resources 1
(Thousands of United States dollars. Budget year is from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.)
C. Contingent-owned equipment: major equipment and self-sustainment
IV. Analysis of variances 2
6. Reduced requirements were due mainly to a revised rations contract starting from April 2003 resulting in savings of about $20 per person per month and a favourable exchange rate of 51.5 Syrian pounds to the United States dollar, with the budget estimate of November 2002 having been based on an exchange rate of 46 to 1.
7. Additional requirements were due mainly to higher staff assessment costs and common staff costs than the standard cost estimates.
8. Additional requirements resulted from the increase in national staff salaries and entitlements effective July 2002.
9. Additional requirements were due mainly to the subcontracting of five individuals to complete electrical work for the ongoing construction projects under the modernization programme.
10. Additional requirements were due mainly to unforeseen travel by a Department of Peacekeeping Operations working group on security and evacuation plans and nuclear, biological and chemical issues, necessitated by the security situation in the region.
11. The additional requirements were due to the higher than foreseen consumption of electricity and water for the ongoing construction projects under the modernization programme. In addition, the two battalions required additional field defence supplies to upgrade their positions because of the security situation in the region.
12. Reduced requirements were due to the receipt of 60 vehicles, including 28 Nyala armoured personnel carriers, from downsizing missions for which UNDOF had to pay only the freight charges.
13. Additional requirements were due to the purchase of spare parts to maintain military communications systems for the Nyala armoured personnel carrier fleet transferred from UNIFIL.
14. Additional requirements were the result of a higher than anticipated number of medical cases that had to be referred to a local hospital for treatment.
15. Additional requirements were the result of unbudgeted losses on currency exchange.
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 the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force are:
(a) To decide on the treatment of the unencumbered balance of $16,100 with respect to the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003;
(b) To decide on the treatment of other income and adjustments for the period ended 30 June 2003, amounting to $1,875,000 from interest income ($1,190,000), other/miscellaneous income ($240,000) and savings on or cancellation of prior-period obligations ($454,000), offset by prior-period adjustments of $9,000.