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UNESCO Executive Board Adopts Recommendations on 1986-87 Programme and Budget

Magazine article UN Chronicle

UNESCO Executive Board Adopts Recommendations on 1986-87 Programme and Budget

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UNESCO Executive Board adopts recommendations on 1986-87 programme and budget

The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded its 1985 session on 21 June by adopting a package of recommendations on the organization's proposed programme and $363.8 million budget for 1986-1987.

To meet an anticipated $82.6 million budgetary shortfall for 1986-1987 resulting from the United States withdrawal at the end of 1984, the Board recommended that the next General Conference--to meet in Sofia, Bulgaria in October-November 1985--make adjustments equal to 25 per cent of the budget, placing a number of activities in reserve. The Board also recommended that another group of activities be put in reserve in case the United Kingdom and Singapore carried out their announced intention to withdraw from the organization from 1 January 1986.

To enable UNESCO to carry out its 1984-1985 programme despite the loss of $43 million representing the United States' share of the 1985 budget, the Board authorized UNESCO Director-General Amadou Mahtar M'Bow to consider part of an appropriation reserve as economies, in order to balance the budget. (The appropriation reserve is intended to cover increases in staff costs and the costs of goods and services as a result of inflation.)

The Director-General was also invited to actively pursue negotiations with the United States to settle the disagreement over its contribution to the 1985 budget. …

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