C5: Financing peacekeeping operations

Last updated: 5/10/2011 // First Secretary Julie Meinich Jacobsen Takahashi presented Norway's statement on the administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations. The debate took place during the Second resumed part of the 65th session of the Fifth Commitee on 10th of May 2011.

Mr. Chairman,
The main goal of our deliberations here is to ensure that the UN is able to deliver the services requested in the realm of peace and security. We believe that the restructuring of DPKO and establishment of DFS already has reaped rewards in terms of efficiency in the field.

While much progress has been made in terms of DPKO/DFS integration and collaboration with DPA, many challenges remain. We look forward to the results of the broader examination of capacities to backstop and manage special political missions that will be undertaken by the Secretariat and reported to Member States in the forthcoming GA session.  The challenges identified with regards to diverse funding streams and different budget cycles as well as different planning mechanisms, accountability lines and organizational procedures, are not just relevant in the case of Special Political Missions, but also for collaboration within the wider UN system – particularly in mission areas with integrated and multidimensional missions. We realise the roles we play as member states in this regard.

In furthering integration and collaboration within the Secretariat, we encourage the Secretary-General and his team to also consider challenges to delivery of multi-dimensional mandates within the wider UN-system. Some progress has been made on integrated planning and clarifying roles and responsibilities. Yet, many practical issues remain to be solved. Here, let me highlight the issue of accountability lines and organizational procedures in the event of joint programs, and how to reconcile programs funded by both assessed and voluntary contributions.

We welcome the progress made with regards to the global service centre in Brindisi and the regional service centre. We also welcome the progress made in terms of adapting rules and regulations and the development of standardised modules. However, we share the concern of the ACABQ that the new modules retain necessarily flexibility and that new procedures do not become bureaucratic.

Mr. Chairman,
We welcome the Secretary-General’s focus on partnerships and dialogue with key stakeholders, and believe that the report on collaboration with regional organisations offers many useful recommendations in this regard. In looking at partnerships we also believe that the review of civilian capacities in the immediate aftermath of conflict offers some valuable recommendations for increasing partnerships with Member States in making for civilian staff available to missions, for instance from neighbouring countries.
With regards to the support account, we agree with the Advisory Committee that a single report covering UNLB and the support account would enable a more comprehensive overview of back-stopping expenditures related to peacekeeping operations. However, the presentation would also need to take into account that some back-stopping services would/should be offered to the wider UN-system.

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