H.E. Mrs. Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady
Before Fifth Committee
60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Agenda Item 124:
Proposed Programme Budget
For the Biennium 2006-2007
New York, 27 October 2005
Since it is my first time to address the committee, allow me to extend to you and other members of the Bureau my delegation’s congratulation on your election. My delegation is fully confident that under your skillful conduct, our meeting will conclude successfully.
We would also like to thank the Secretary-General for submitting his proposed programme budget for the biennium 2006-2007 and appreciate the ACABQ as well as the CPC reports for the same period. In making our contribution, we align ourselves with the statement by the distinguished representative of Jamaica on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.
The outcome document of the 2005 World Summit represents a compromise of intent by the Heads of State and Government. It is incumbent upon us to give practical expression on how this statement of intent, especially in the areas of development, peace and security, as well as human rights and rule of law, will be accomplished For its part, Indonesia expresses its strong determination that all mandated programmes and activities be implemented
Against this background we are of the view that important issues such as sustained economic growth and sustainable development should receive utmost attention in the work of the United Nations. Critical challenges such as poverty, hunger, imbalances in international trade, environment, social and health need urgent action through international and regional cooperation for development. Therefore, such action should receive adequate financial and human resources. This would be in line with the commitment of Heads of State and Government during the World Summit.
Having said that let me briefly address the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2006-2007 which is now under our consideration In our view the level of resources proposed, in the amount of USS 3.6 billion before re-costing, merits our careful consideration In this regard, it is important that we focus our attention on how these resources should be allocated based on various established priorities, with particular emphasis on the pressing development programmes and activities.
It is in this context that my delegation underlines the need to strengthen support for the work of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). This will enable DESA to reinforce the necessary substantive and administrative work of the Economic and Social Council, as the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on issues of economic and social development.
In addition, Indonesia attaches particular importance to the work of the Regional Commissions in facilitating and promoting regional cooperation in economic and social development. In this regard, we note the increased budget as proposed which will enable Regional Commissions to better deliver their mandated programmes and activities.
One area that needs our serious attention is matter pertaining to humanitarian assistance particularly in relation to the detrimental impact of natural disasters. The crucial nature of these occurrences is evident from the effects of the tsunami disaster, earthquake, hurricane and mud-slide in various regions. This undoubtedly requires additional resources for humanitarian programmes and activities. Indonesia notes the increased proposed programme budget in this area for 2006-2007.
Let me now briefly address the issue of extra-budgetary resources. To a large extent, it would appear that core development objectives would have to depend on extra-budgetary resources. This is a growing trend that needs to be carefully monitored, because of Its potential to create paralysis in the development field. Should that occur many legitimate development priorities face the dim prospect of becoming stillborn.
The danger lies in the fact that extra-budgetary funding is subject to sharp fluctuations and can prove very unreliable. It would be far better if the regular budget could be impacted by assessed contributions being paid in full and on time. Irregularity of payments in this respect creates deficiencies in the overall budget.
Let me conclude by expressing my delegation readiness to engage constructively in the deliberations of this important subject.
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