Programmatic activities

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Programmatic activities is a term used to describe certain activities funded through peacekeeping budgets.

Definitions

Programmatic activities are operational, time-limited activities with an identified end state in support of mandate implementation, undertaken by a peacekeeping mission and/or implementing partners activities to implement civilian mandated tasks. These include but are not limited to capacity-building, infrastructure projects, training, procurement of material and equipment, temporary consultancies and technical expertise. Implementation can be carried out both by missions and through collaborative arrangements with implementing partners who are often United Nations country team entities.[1]

Examples of programmatic activities include

  • Civilian arms control
  • Community stabilization projects
  • Rule of law and security sector reform
  • Community violence reduction
  • Confidence-building
  • Electoral assistance
  • Community violence reduction
  • Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration[2]
  • Mine action

Programmatic funding involves the utilization of assessed funding during a specific budget period for programmatic activities to implement mandated tasks.[3] Programmatic funding does not include related military or police or civilian personnel costs, and is distinct from quick-impact projects.

Member State concerns

Some Member States have voiced concerns about the inclusion of programmatic funding in peacekeeping budget requests, as these activities are generally performed by United Nations country teams. However, funding for programmatic activities is routinely included in peacekeeping budgets where those activities are mandated by the Security Council.

In July 2018, the General Assembly encouraged the Secretary-General to develop an accountability framework for programmatic activities funded though mission budgets but implemented by non-Secretariat entities.[4]. This was reaffirmed in each of the peacekeeping financing resolutions adopted in July 2019, which also included the following paragraphs:

Notes that the various programmatic activities to be financed through assessed contributions by peacekeeping missions must be directly linked to Security Council mandates and reflect the evolution of these mandates;
Requests the Secretary-General to include, in the performance report of the mission, detailed information on programmatic activities including on how the implementation of those activities contributed to implementing mission mandates;[5]

Budget requests for programmatic activities

Since the 2017/18 financial period, a summary table of programmatic funding requests contained in the proposed budgets for peacekeeping operations has been contained in the peacekeeping overview report.

Financial period Total requested Overview report
2017/18 253,356,900 A/71/809, Annex X
2018/19 174,774,900 A/72/770, Annex X
2019/20 217,758,100 A/73/776, Annex IX
2020/21 211,379,900 A/74/736, Annex VIII

See also

References

  1. 2017.25 DPKO–DFS Guidelines on Mandated Programmatic Activities funded through PK Assessed Budgets
  2. See A/C.5/59/31
  3. 2017.25 DPKO–DFS Guidelines on Mandated Programmatic Activities funded through PK Assessed Budgets
  4. General Assembly resolution 72/290 on the financing of MINUSCA for 2018/19, paragraph 11
  5. See, for example, General Assembly resolution 73/312 on the financing of MINUSCA