General Assembly Adopts 2012/13 Peacekeeping Budget of Just over $7 Billion for 14 Operations, Acting on Recommendations of Fifth Committee
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
117th Meeting (AM)
The General Assembly today, acting on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), adopted a peacekeeping budget of just more than $7 billion for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
The funding approved today — for 14 peacekeeping missions, the Logistics Base in Brindisi and the peacekeeping support account — is broken down as follows:
Mission Total Appropriation
MINURSO ( Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara) $60.79 million
MINUSTAH (Stabilization Mission in Haiti) $676.70 million
MONUSCO (Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo) $1.40 billion
UNAMID (Hybrid Operation in Darfur) $1.51 billion
UNDOF (Disengagement Observer Force) $47.99 million
UNFICYP (Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) $56.97 million
UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon) $546.90 million
UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei) $269.19 million
UNMIK ( Mission in Kosovo) $49.02 million
UNMIL ( Mission in Liberia) $518.09 million
UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) $876.16 million
UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste) $162.21 million
UNOCI (United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire) $600.15 million
UNSOA (United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia) $455.98 million
The text for each mission sets forth the provisions for apportioning the sums among the Member States, as well as any offsets that might apply.
The Assembly also adopted budgets for four political missions, a revised rest and recuperation cycle for staff at duty stations where danger pay applied and a one-time supplemental payment of nearly $60 million over the next year for troop-contributing countries.
All the texts — 23 in all — were approved by consensus, except a draft resolution on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which was adopted by a recorded vote of 145 in favour to 3 against, with no abstentions (see Annex II).
Before the resolution was adopted, a separate vote was requested on language in preamblular paragraphs 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13, including a call for Israel to pay some $1.1 million for damages caused during a 1996 incident at the southern Lebanese village of Qana. Members States retained the paragraphs by a vote of 97 in favour to 3 against, with 49 abstentions (see Annex I).
Syria’s delegate, who voted in favour, said the responsibility for financing UNIFIL should be borne by Israel, as that country’s action had caused the establishment of the Force.
After the resolution on financing the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) was adopted by consensus, the representative of Denmark, on behalf of the European Union, said there should be no backdating of payments of troop costs and contingent-owned equipment before the actual integration of any forces under the command of the African Union. For UNSOA, he said, no payment should be made before date of signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union and the troop-contributing country, and the number of troops should be verified before any payment was made.
The meeting began at 10:15 a.m. and adjourned at 10:55 a.m.