United Nations operations in the Congo: 1961 cost estimates and financing

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE FIFTH COMMITTEE
1619. United Nations operations in the Congo: 1961 cost estimates and financing

The General Assembly, Recalling the Security Council resolutions of 14 July,[1] 22 July[2] and 9 August 1960[3] and 21 February 1961[4] and General Assembly resolutions 1474 (ES-IV) of 20 September 1960 and 1599 (XV), 1600 (XV) and 1601 (XV) of 15 April 1961, Hating considered the report of the Secretary-General on the estimated cost of the United Nations operations in the Congo from I January to 31 December 1961[5] and the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions thereon,[6] Bearing in mind that the extraordinary expenses for the United Nations operations in the Congo are essentially different in nature from the expenses of the Organization under the regular budget and that therefore a procedure different from that applied in the case of the regular budget is required for meeting these extraordinary expenses, Bearing in mind that the permanent members of the Security Council have a special responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and therefore for contributing to the financing of peace and security operations, Noting with appreciation the intention declared by certain Member States to make substantial voluntary contributions,

1. Decides to open an ad hoc account for the expenses of the United Nations operations in the Congo for 1961;

2. Approves the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions contained in paragraphs 2, 29 and 30 of its report, subject to paragraph 3 below;

3. Decides to appropriate an amount of $100 million for the operations of the United Nations in the Congo from 1 January to 31 October 1961;

4. Decides further to apportion as expenses of the Organization the amount of $100 million among the Member States in accordance with the scale of assessment for the regular budget subject to the provisions of paragraph 8 below, pending the establishment of a different scale of assessment to defray the extraordinary expenses of the Organization resulting from these operations;

5. Urges the permanent members of the Security Council to make sizable additional contributions;

6. Appeals to all other Member States who are in a position to assist to make voluntary contributions;

7. Calls upon the Government of Belgium, a State directly concerned with the situation in the Republic of the Congo (Leopoldville), to make a substantial contribution;

8. Decides to reduce:

(a) By 80 per cent the assessment of Member States whose contributions to the regular budget range from 0.04 per cent to 0.25 per cent inclusive;

(b) By 80 per cent the assessment of Member States receiving assistance during 1960 under the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, whose contributions to the regular budget range from 0.26 per cent to 1.25 per cent inclusive;

(c) By 50 per cent the assessment of Member States receiving assistance during 1960 under the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, whose contributions to the regular budget are 1.26 per cent and above ;

9. Decides to apply the additional contributions of Member States under paragraphs 5, 6 and 7 above to offset the deficit resulting from the implementation of the provisions of paragraph 8.

995th plenary meeting,
21 April 1961.


[1] Official Records of the Security Council, Fifteenth Year, Supplement for July, August and September 1960, document S/4387. [2] Ibid., document S/4405. [3] Ibid., document S/4426. [4] Ibid., Sixteenth Year, Supplement for January, February and March 1961, document S/4741. [5] Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifteenth Session, Annexes, agenda items 49/50, document A/4703. [6] Ibid., document A/4713.
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