Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 2, Operational activities for development
In 2000, the income of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the central United Nations funding body for technical assistance to developing countries, totalled $2,554 million, as compared to $2,608 million in 1999. The total expenditure for all programme activities plus support costs also decreased, from $2,681 million in1999 to $2,513 million in 2000.Within the UN system as a whole, efforts were made by relevant bodies to implement all the elements of the General Assembly's 1998 resolution on a triennial policy review of operational activities for development. In July, the Economic and Social Council noted the progress made in implementing that resolution and requested the Secretary-General, in the context of the next triennial policy review in 2001, to report on, among other things, progress in implementing the multi-year funding framework, as part of efforts to reverse the declining trend in core resources and to establish a mechanism for more predictable funding. On 11 September, the first Ministerial Meeting on UNDP was held to seek ways to boost recognition and support for it at the country level and in key international forums. Various options were put forward for rebuilding political support for UNDP. UNDP continued its management and programme reforms in 2000. The reforms focused on performance and results and set a leaner staffing structure in place. In the results-oriented annual report for 2000, the first such report in the formal multi-year funding framework period,the Administrator analysed UNDP performance for each of the six goals—sustainable human development,poverty reduction, the environment,gender equality, special development situations and UNDP support to the United Nations. The United Nations Office for Project Services(UNOPS) continued to operate under the self-financing principle, without assessed budget financing. The total value of the UNOPS project and loan portfolios amounted to $3.7 billion in 2000, comprising $ 1.5 billion in project value and$2.2 billion in loans under its supervision, primarily for the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Total delivery was $664 million,down from $764 million in 1999. The United Nations Volunteers programme,administered by UNDP, grew for the fourth successive year, with some 4,800 volunteers carrying out nearly 5,200 assignments in 140 countries. During the year, the programme was evaluated and recommendations made concerning its future status and relations with UNDP. In November, the Secretary-General officially launched the International Year of Volunteers (2001) aimed at recognizing and promoting volunteerism, and in December the General Assembly called on States,organizations and the private sector to promote volunteer action in their own societies. United Nations efforts to promote technical cooperation among developing countries (TCDC)were focused in UNDP's Special Unit for TCDC. Total core and non-core resources for TCDC amounted to $29.5 million for 1997-2000, and were allocated to building policy and institutional capacities, nurturing TCDC knowledge networking,and forging partnerships for sustainable human development.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. v. 54; Vol. 54
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