2011 Report of the UN Secretary-General on UNITAR (E/2011/115)
The 2011 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General (E/2011/115) has been released and will be presented at the 2011 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July. The report responds to resolution 2009/27, which was adopted at the 2009 substantive session of the Council and calls on the Institute to continue with progress in the areas of results-based management, quality standards and certification, and the expanded use of technology-enhanced training and learning tools. The report reviews achievements in these and other areas under the corresponding priorities of the 2010-2012 Strategic Plan. In addition, the report notes progress in strengthening the Institute’s autonomy, with particular reference on the implementation of a new business model and the diversification of funding to include the mobilization of self-generated income on the basis of paid-in fees for training services and products. The report also highlights efforts to achieve efficiency gains through increased emphasis on e-Learning and multiplier approaches such as training-of-trainers, and provides illustrations of UNITAR engaging in synergistic and Delivering as One programmatic approaches, such as UN CC: Learn, the One United Nations Training Service Platform for Climate Change. Other illustrations of synergistic approaches in the report relate to peacekeeping, migration, development, satellite imagery and analysis, and events in preparation for the Rio 2012 Summit.
While the Institute remains on overall solid financial footing with growth in both budget and income, the report lists challenges that UNITAR continues to face, including resource scarcity with weak and unpredictable voluntary contributions to the General Fund. Contributions to the newly-established Fellowship Fund, which was created to reduce or offset costs of fee-based training services to eligible participants from least developed and other developing countries, are also low, despite the General Assembly appealing to Member States and other entities to contribute to the Fellowship Fund.
The Secretary-General recommends that Member States provide full support to the Institute in implementing its strategic reforms, including the necessary financial means to address the weakness in both funds, and that a Group of Friends be formed to identify concrete actions, which may include the creation of an endowment fund by 2015, to address these challenges in a sustaining way.
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