Factsheet: The 5th Committee

Sep 18, 2012

The 5th Committee plays a prominent role among the six main committees of the UN. It deals with budget, personnel and management issues of the organization, thus laying the foundation for the functioning of the UN Secretariat. 

Based on the reports and recommendations by the 5th Committee, the General Assembly considers and approves the Secretariat’s budget, peacekeeping operations and various specialized agencies. 

On 24 December 2011, the General Assembly adopted the bi-annual budget for 2012/13 which provides 5.152 billion U.S. dollars for the Secretariat of the United Nations. According to thecurrent contribution assessment scale Germany contributes 8.018% to the budget (i.e. 214 million U.S. Dollars), making it the third largest contributor to the budget of the United Nations behind the USA and Japan. 

The budget of the peacekeeping efforts is negotiated annually. The total budget for the current sixteen peacekeeping missions for the period of July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013, amounts to 7.15 billion US-Dollars. Germany also contributes 8.018% to this budget (i.e. 592 million U.S. dollars). 

The decisions of the 5th Committee regarding recommendations to the Commission for the International Civil Service (ICSC) also influences the regulation and coordination of the employment of more than 100,000 employees in the UN common system, which at present comprises 23 organizations. 

Within the framework of the annual sessions of the General Assembly, which usually start their work in September, the 5th Committee meets three times: for the main session from October to December, and for the first and second so-called "resumed sessions" in March and May. The decisions by the 5th Committee are always made in consensus. 

The Chair of the Committee is elected annually by the members of the General Assembly.

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