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Major Programme 1.3: External Coordination and Liaison

(all amounts in US$ 000)
  Programme 2004-05 Programme of Work ZRG 2006-07 Programme of Work ZNG 2006-07 Programme of Work RG 2006-07 Programme of Work Trust Fund
131 External Relations and Coordination 11,363 4,767 4,539 4,767 0
132 Liaison Offices 11,027 11,253 11,210 11,253 0
Total 22,390 16,020 15,750 16,020 0
Programme Change from 2004-05 Programme of Work at MP level (6,370) (6,640) (6,370)  
Percent Change (28.5%) (29.7%) (28.5%)  

Substantive thrusts under ZRG conditions

277.     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.

278.     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

279.     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 small indicated ZNG reduction would have to be met by SAD.

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