The UN member states approved a $6.69 billion dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for the year 2018-19, besides agreeing to major management reforms, including the creation of two new departments focused on political and peacebuilding affairs.
The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the General Assembly recommended authorization of $6.69 billion to finance 13 peacekeeping missions from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
It is the second year in a row in which the committee has made significant cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget.
The missions include United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Hait (MINUJUSTH), Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA), Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The Committee also approved significant management reforms – including the creation of two new departments focused on political and peacebuilding affairs and four stand-alone divisions for Africa – aimed at streamlining the Organisation’s operations.
Approving a draft resolution titled ‘Special subjects relating to the programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019’, the Committee asked the assembly to endorse the establishment of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Department of Peace Operations.
Further, the assembly would create four stand-alone divisions for Africa, effective from January 1, 2019. Affirming “Middle East Division” as the name of the related new regional division, the lead responsibility for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) would be placed in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.
The US Mission to the UN said the UN Member States adopted a responsible peacekeeping budget that reflects hundreds of millions of dollars in savings from the previous year and ensures peacekeeping missions are adequately funded to fulfill their mandates.