UN Fifth Committee Meeting Highlights 'Cross-Cutting' Issues in Peacekeeping

The need to address “cross-cutting” issues on the administration and budgeting of United Nations peacekeeping operations was highlighted at the 31st meeting of the U.N. Fifth Committee. A resolution is needed to guide the U.N. secretary-general on budgetary, logistic and financial aspects of peacekeeping, panelists said.

Japan’s representative noted that inadequate or improper management of peacekeeping resources could hamper effective operations. He also highlighted the need to know, in advance, the budgetary implications of proposals to address high vacancy and turnover rates in U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Among key issues the Chinese representative indentified was the accountability for program managers and contractual arrangements for personnel. The U.N. also needs to improve its procurement procedures for peacekeeping operations, particularly to increase opportunities for emerging and developing countries, he said.

The meeting also tackled the global field support strategy introduced by Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra. Participants said the proposal would have significant impact on the organization of peacekeeping operations and needs clarification.

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