Press Release: German expert elected to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ)

Nov 4, 2011

Today the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly (GA) elected Mr Dietrich Lingenthal to serve on the ACABQ and Ms Goenke Roscher into the Committee of Contributions (CoC) for the period 2012 – 2014. Mr Lingenthal and Ms Roscher will serve as independent experts committed to contribute to the work of the ACABQ and the CoC respectively.

Ambassador Berger welcomed the elections: “I wish to congratulate Mr Lingenthal and Ms Roscher for being chosen to work for these two very important committees at the heart of the United Nations. The effective work of both bodies is crucial for the United Nations. They have to provide for an efficient and fair allocation of resources so that the UN can achieve the goals we all share. We are convinced that both institutions will benefit from Mr Lingenthal's and Ms. Roscher's professional expertise.

Background:

The ACABQ is a subsidiary organ of the GA and consists of 16 members which are appointed by the Assembly in their individual capacity. The major functions of the ACABQ are to examine and report on the budget and to advise the GA concerning any administrative and budgetary matters referred to it. The ACABQ further examines the administrative budgets of the specialized agencies and of all peacekeeping operations.

The main task of CoC is to advise the GA on the apportionment of the expenses of the organization among its members. These expenses consist of the regular budget, the expenses for the international tribunals, for the “capital master plan” and for the peacekeeping operations.

On October 27, the Secretary-General proposed a budget for the United Nations of USD 5.197 billion for the coming two years. This budget proposal is currently being negotiated. In June the General Assembly approved the budget for Peacekeeping Operations 2011/2012 of USD 7.519 billion.

Germany is the third largest contributor to the UN budget (8.018%). The overall European contribution to the UN budget currently stands at 38.99%.

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