UN Secretary-General Unveils $5.57b Budget for 2016-2017

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday presented a budget proposal of 5.57 billion dollars for the 2016-2017 biennium that begins on Jan. 1, 2015.

Making the presentation to the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the General Assembly, he said that the budget had an initial outline level of 5.74 billion dollars.

Mr. Ban, however, said that the assembly directed that he should prepare the proposed programme on the basis of a preliminary estimate of 5.56 billion dollars.

This, he said, was 90.8 million dollars below the appropriation for the current biennium and 10.2 million dollars above the budget outline figure set by the General Assembly.

“The increase of 0.2 per cent over the Budget Outline figure is mainly due to the adjustments in light of recent General Assembly decisions on Umoja.

“The proposals for 2016-2017 include resources for new and extended mandates, specifically contribution to the Resident Coordinator System; the strengthening of the United Nations Environment Programme.

“Others are public information activities for the principle of parity of official languages; the strengthening of the human rights treaty body system, and the renovation of the Africa Hall.

“It also includes the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and support for Habitat III,” he said.

He said that the proposal reflected a net decrease of 56 posts compared to the current budget, primarily related to the freezing of posts.

According to Mr. Ban, this budget includes a preliminary re-costing of 125 million dollars, which combined with the proposal of 5.57 billion dollars, will bring the regular budget requirements to 5.69 billion dollars.

He said that the budget contained a provision of 1.12 billion dollars for special political missions related to peace and security that were expected to be extended during the biennium, adding that it reflected a reduction of 120 million dollars.