The UN Security Council yesterday received the report of the Fifth Committee on administrative and budgetary matters. The committee considered the draft budgets of nine peacekeeping operations for the period of July 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016.
For the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah) the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon proposed a budget of $ 386 million, a decrease of 22% compared to the year 2014 / 2015.
In its report the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) recommends to the General Assembly to appropriate the amount of 386,220,600 dollars, should the Security Council decide to extend the mandate of the Mission beyond 15 October 2015.
The commission recommends the removal of 268 positions in the IT, communications and consultants as well as travel costs. These cuts will enable a reduction in appropriations of about 340,000 dollars.
Furthermore, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) revealed that 4.8% (or 23,859 dollars) credit approved between July 2014 and June 2015 will not be used. The spending to reach 476,000 dollars.
The United Nations has faced much criticism over the years for its large operational budget, advocates argues that Haiti has been peaceful for over a decade and that the country needs critical reconstruction after the devastating earthquake, and finally considering the cholera epidemic that resulted from unsafe disposal of human waste into the Artibonite River, the longest river in Haiti by UN soldiers Nepalese contingents.