SEA/RC58/12 - Review of detailed workplans for programme budget 2006-2007
AbstractThe Regional Committee, at its fifty-seventh session, reviewed and endorsed the Proposed Programme Budget 2006-2007 and adopted a resolution (SEA/RC57/R2) to that effect. It will be recalled that Supplementary Intercountry Programme (ICP II) will cease to exist at the end of the 2004-2005 biennium. Accordingly, the Regional Director, in August 2004, established a Regional Working Group (RWG) on Programme Budget Development and Management comprising representatives from all Member States in the Region. The terms of reference of RWG included recommending ways and means of replacing the existing ICP II mechanism while, at the same time, protecting the ability of the Regional Office to discharge its normative functions and technical cooperation vis-à-vis Member States in the Region. The RWG recommended that multi-country initiatives would continue even after ICP II is phased out at the end of the 2004-2005 biennium. The RWG further concluded that future multi-country initiatives would be managed by WHO’s country offices through joint planning and workplan development with Member States. This subject was deliberated at the 42nd Meeting of CCPDM which recommended that the proposed ICP II successor mechanism be pursued for 2006-2007. Documents SEA/PDM/Meet.42/4 and SEA/PDM/Meet.42/4.1 relating to the subject and presented at the meeting are attached. It was recommended that at least 5.35% of country budget should be earmarked for multi-country activities. Furthermore, CCPDM recommended that the Regional Office draw up and disseminate guidelines regarding multi-country activities and identify and disseminate the list of such activities which could be taken up in the 2006-2007 biennium. The total budget for the Region for 2006-2007 is US$ 357 million, compared with US$ 285 million for the 2004-2005 biennium, representing a 25% increase. However, 72% of the total budget for 2006-2007 would come from Voluntary Contributions or extrabudgetary resources. The Regular budget allocation for Programme Budget 2006-2007 has been increased for the first time in a decade. The Fifty-eighth World Health Assembly approved a 4% increase in the Regular budget for 2006-2007 and, out of this budget increase, US$ 5.797 million will come to the South-East Asia Region. This is an increase of about 6.2% from the previous biennium. This issue was discussed during the 42nd Meeting of CCPDM which emphasized that allocation of additional funds under the Regular budget should be to countries in greatest need. The document presented at the meeting (SEA/PDM/Meet.42/5) is attached. Significant participation by, and inputs from, the Member Countries were taken into consideration in formulating the detailed workplans, through detailed consultations between national counterparts, the WHO country offices and the Regional Office. The highlight was the introduction of parallel sessions during the 42nd Meeting of CCPDM to take forward the process of joint planning for 2006-2007 for the detailed country workplans. Based on these discussions at the parallel sessions, the WHO country offices, in consultation with ministries of health, have now further refined the country workplans. The expected results and products of the Regional Office workplans for 2006-2007 were noted by the 42nd Meeting of CCPDM. The detailed workplans for the countries and the Regional Office are a culmination of recent developments mentioned above. Furthermore, the workplans for 2006-2007 have been prepared in line with the strategic framework containing objectives, strategies, and Organization-wide Expected Results. For the first time, Regional Expected Results were developed and introduced within the workplans to show what the Region is doing for each Organization-wide Expected Result, thereby facilitating technical and financial support for work in countries of the Region. A special effort has been made in the workplans to integrate Regular budget and Voluntary Contributions. The detailed workplans for 2006-2007 are placed before the Regional Committee for its consideration and noting.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). SEA/RC58/12 - Review of detailed workplans for programme budget 2006-2007. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128778