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Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 5, Institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. Chapter 2, United Nations financing and programming
The overall financial situation of the United Nations during 2001 was significantly more positive than for a number of years, reflecting higher aggregate cash, lower unpaid assessments and reduced debt owed by the Organization to Member States. Unpaid assessments were 7 per cent lower than in 2000, at $2,106 million, and amounts due to Member States for troops and contingent owned equipment, at $748 million, were down 18 per cent from 2000. The General Assembly, in December, adopted revised budget appropriations for the 2000-2001 biennium of $2,561,578,000, an increase of $28,452,600 over the initial approved appropriations of $2,533,125,400. It approved appropriations of $2,625,178,700 for the 2002-2003 biennium. The Committee on Contributions continued to review the methodology for preparing the scale of assessments of Member States' contributions to the UN budget, including a methodology for assessing contributions of non-member States, as well as measures to encourage the timely payment of assessed contributions. It also continued to examine proposals relating to the procedural aspects for considering requests for exemptions under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations. In December, the Secretary-General brought to the Assembly's attention the question of the payment of the arrears of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, following the admission in 2000 of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to UN membership. The Assembly accepted the audited financial statements of the Board of Auditors on UN peacekeeping operations. It also accepted the financial reports and audited financial statements and audit opinions of the Board on the voluntary funds administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund and the Fund of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. The Assembly changed the term of office of the members of the Board of Auditors from the current three years to a non-consecutive term of six years' duration starting on 1 July 2002.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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