Major Programme 1.3: External Coordination and Liaison

(all amounts in US$ 000)
  Programme 2004-05 Programme of Work ZRG Programme Change ZRG 2006-07 Programme of Work RG Programme Change RG 2006-07 Programme of Work
131 External Relations and Coordination 11,363 (6,915) 4,448 0 4,448
132 Liaison Offices 11,027 0 11,027 0 11,027
Total 22,390 (6,915) 15,475 0 15,475
ZNG Impact     (247)    
Total     15,228    

Substantive thrusts under ZRG conditions

174.     Programme 1.3.1 covers the work of the Special Advisers to the Director-General (SAD), including the unit in charge of FAO's coordination and cooperation with other organizations of the UN system. It also includes FAO's contributions to several UN system-wide mechanisms, e.g. the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and the Chief Executives Board (CEB) subsidiary bodies. Budgeted resources of US$ 6.3 million for inter-agency security arrangements have been transferred from this programme to the proposed Security Expenditure Facility, and the balance of the reduction in Programme 1.3.1 is due to activities being planned for the International Alliance Against Hunger (IAAH) Secretariat under Programme 3.5.2.

175.     Programme 1.3.2 covers the Liaison Offices with the United Nations (in New York and Geneva), for North America (in Washington D.C.), with the European Union and Belgium (in Brussels) and with Japan (in Yokohama).

Zero Nominal Growth Impact

176.     It would not be possible to reduce the provision for UN system-wide mechanisms, in view of FAO’s commitment to respective cost-sharing arrangements. Due to their negligible absorption capacity, the Liaison Offices have also been considered as ‘fully protected’. The bulk of the indicated ZNG reduction would have to be met by SAD.