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COP 2 Decision II/20
Retired sections: paragraphs 1-10.

FINANCING OF AND BUDGET FOR THE CONVENTION

The Conference of the Parties,

1. Decides that the Trust Fund shall be extended for a period of one year, beginning 1 January 1997 and ending on 31 December 1997;

2. Adopts the budget for 1996, which is attached as annex I to this decision;

3. Urges all the Parties to pay promptly their contributions to the Trust Fund, based on the scale set forth in Appendix II to the budget (annex I);

4. Requests the Parties and States not Parties to the Convention, as well as governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other sources, to contribute to the Trust Fund;

5. Directs the Executive Secretary to prepare a report for the Conference of the Parties on the amount of contributions received under the voluntary budget and on ways in which that income has been spent;

6. Takes note that the indicative budget for 1997, also attached as annex I to the present decision, is based on Genevacostings;

7. Requests the Executive Secretary in presenting a draft 1997 budget for consideration by the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to also provide the indicative budget for 1997, attached as annex I to this decision, revised so as to be based on Montreal costings;

8. Directs the Executive Secretary to prepare an indicative budget for 1998;

9. Directs the Executive Secretary to consider carefully all offers of support from other organizations and to cooperate with them with a view to making the most effective use of the competencies and resources;

10. Adopts for 1996 the scale of contributions contained in the Appendix II to the budget (annex I), based on the United Nations scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations, adjusted to provide that no one contribution shall exceed 25 per cent of the total and that no contribution from a least developed country Party shall exceed 0.01 per cent of the total;

11. Decides to transfer to the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties, for further consideration, paragraph 4 of the Financial Rules contained in annex II of the present decision;

12. Also decides to transmit paragraph 16 of the Financial Rules to the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties for further consideration.


Annex I to decision II/20

PROPOSED BUDGET OF THE TRUST FUND FOR THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN 1996-1997
(THOUSANDS OF US DOLLARS)

 

INPUTS

1996

1997****

1.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND MANAGEMENT

 

Executive Direction

Executive Secretary D-2

190

200

Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary P-3

119

125

Senior Secretary G-5

84

88

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

75

79

 

Fund Management and Administration

Fund Management/Administration Officer P-4 (UNEP/Host country)***

0

--

Administrative Assistant G-6

105

110

Clerk G-3

75

79

subtotal 1

648

680

 

2.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROCESSES AND COOPERATIVE AFFAIRS

 

Intergovernmental processes

Principal Officer D-1

176

185

Associate Administrative Officer P-2

96

101

Research Assistant G-5

84

88

Secretary G-4

80

84

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

40

42

 

Financial Resources and Instruments

Programme Officer P-4

142

149

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

30

32

 

Legal Advice and Support

Programme Officer P-4

142

149

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

30

32

 

Servicing the Conference of the Parties

Servicing COP

930

977

subtotal 2

1,750

1,838

 

3.

SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MATTERS

 

Office of the Principal Officer

Principal Officer D-1

176

185

Programme Officer - Economist P-4

142

149

Research Assistant G-5 

84

88

Research Assistant G-5 

84

88

Secretary G-4

80

84

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

60

63

 

Conservation Ecology

Programme Officer P-4

142

149

 

Genetic Resources/Agrobiodiversity

Programme Officer P-4 (FAO) +

0

0

 

Biotechnology

Programme Officer P-5

160

168

 

Marine Ecology

Programme Officer P-4 (UNESCO) +

0

0

 

Indigenous Knowledge*

Programme Officer P-3

0

125

 

Servicing of SBSTTA Meetings

Servicing of SBSTTA meeting

350

368

Servicing SBSTTA Panel

23

24

Servicing and communication of SBSTTA liaison group

20

21

Servicing of Open-ended working group on Biosafety

492

517

Servicing Panel meeting on marine and coastal areas

20

21

subtotal 3

1,833

2,050

 

4.

IMPLEMENTATION AND COMMUNICATION

 

Office of the Senior Programme Officer

Senior Programme Officer P-5

160

168

Research Assistant G-5

84

88

Secretary G-4

80

84

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

40

42

 

Clearing-House Mechanism

Programme Officer P-4

142

149

Data Base Operator P-2

96

101

Equipment, supplies and material

60

63

Training Workshops

0

0

 

Reports

Programme Officer P-3 **

50

125

 

Library and Documentation Services

Librarian/Documentalist P-3

119

125

Clerk G-3

75

79

Library acquisitions

50

53

 

Communication

Programme Officer-Communication P-2 (UNEP)

0

0

Promotion, awareness raising and publication

138

145

GBO Publication

0

0

subtotal 4

1,094

1,221

 

5.

COMMON COSTS

 

Travel of staff

Travel on official missions

140

147

Travel to service meetings

70

74

subtotal 5

210

221

 

6.

EQUIPMENT

 

Equipment, (office furniture, pcs, photocopy/printer)

0

0

Supplies and material

50

53

subtotal 6

50

53

 

7.

PREMISES***

 

Rent

--

--

Security services

--

--

Building maintenance

--

--

Utilities (gas, electricity, cleaning, etc.)

70

--

Insurance

5

--

subtotal 7

75

0

 

8.

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Temporary assistance and overtime

98

103

Communications (phone, fax, e-mail, etc)

170

179

Recruitment costs/travel on interviews

30

30

Relocation of staff and removal expenses***

--

--

Hospitality

20

21

Other

5

5

subtotal 8

323

338

 

subtotal 1 to 8

5,983

6,399

 

9.

CONTINGENCIES (2% - subtotal 1 to 8)

120

128

       

subtotal 1 to 9

6,103

6,527

     

10.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CHARGE (13%)

793

849

 

11.

LESS - CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HOST COUNTRY***

--

--

 

12.

TOTAL SECRETARIAT BUDGET (1 to 11)

6,896

7,376

    *     The Government of Australia has offered to cover the 1996 salary of Programme Officer on Indigenous Knowledge
    **    The post of Programme Officer - Reports may be filled towards the end of 1996
    ***   Amounts to be provided upon completion of host government agreement
    ****  Geneva costings to be revised to reflect Montreal costings as provided by paragraph 7 of the decision
    +     These positions are to be filled by secondees from FAO and UNESCO respectively as of 1 January 1996 on terms and conditions agreed to by the Executive Secretary



PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN 1996-1997 COVERED BY ADDITIONAL VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
(THOUSANDS OF US DOLLARS)


 

INPUTS

1996

1997****

1.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROCESSES AND COOPERATIVE AFFAIRS

         

Travel of LDCs to COP meeting

270

284

Travel of COP Bureau

42

44

Travel of LDCs for COP preparatory meetings

50

53

subtotal 1

362

380

 

2.

SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MATTERS

 

Travel of LDCs to SBSTTA

200

210

Travel of SBSTTA Bureau

30

32

Travel of SBSTTA Panel

75

79

Travel of LDCs to Biosafety meeting

200

210

Trave of Panel on Marine and Coastal Areas

70

74

Research Assistant ++

84

88

Support Activities

80

84

subtotal 2

739

776

     

3.

IMPLEMENTATION AND COMMUNICATION

   
           

Support Activities and Technical Reviews

70

74

Clearing-House Mechanism (5 workshops a year)

150

158

subtotal 3

220

231

     

TOTAL (1 TO 3)

1,321

1,387

     

4.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT CHARGE (13%)

172

180

       

5.

TOTAL BUDGET (1 to 4)

1,493

1,567

    ++ To work under Principal Officer - Scientific, Technical and Technological matters with most of the incumbent's time spent on research on indigenous knowledge


 



 

Appendix II to Annex I to decision II/20

SCALE OF 1996 CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TRUST FUND FOR THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

 

United Nations scale of assessments 1996

Scale for the Trust Fund with 25% ceiling and no least developed country Party paying more than 0.01 per cent

Contributions as per
1 January 1996

 

(per cent)

(per cent)

 

Albania

0.0100

0.0138

949

Algeria

0.1600

0.2201

15,180

Antigua & Barbuda

0.0100

0.0138

949

Argentina

0.4800

0.6604

45,539

Armenia

0.0550

0.0757

5,218

Australia

1.4800

2.0361

140,411

Austria

0.8650

1.1900

82,065

Bahamas

0.0200

0.0275

1,897

Bangladesh

0.0100

0.0100

690

Barbados

0.0100

0.0138

949

Belarus

0.2925

0.4024

27,750

Belize

0.0100

0.0138

949

Benin

0.0100

0.0100

690

Bhutan

0.0100

0.0100

690

Bolivia

0.0100

0.0138

949

Botswana

0.0100

0.0138

949

Brazil

1.6200

2.2287

153,693

Burkina Faso

0.0100

0.0100

690

Cambodia

0.0100

0.0100

690

Cameroon

0.0100

0.0138

949

Canada

3.1025

4.2683

294,342

Cape Verde

0.0100

0.0100

690

Central African Republic

0.0100

0.0100

690

Chad

0.0100

0.0100

690

Chile

0.0800

0.1101

7,590

China

0.7350

1.0112

69,731

Colombia

0.1000

0.1376

9,487

Comoros

0.0100

0.0100

690

Cook Islands

0.0100

0.0138

949

Costa Rica

0.0100

0.0138

949

Cote d'Ivoire

0.0100

0.0138

949

Cuba

0.0525

0.0722

4,981

Czech Republic

0.2600

0.3577

24,667

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

0.0500

0.0688

4,744

Denmark

0.7175

0.9871

68,071

Djibouti

0.0100

0.0100

690

Dominica

0.0100

0.0138

949

Ecuador

0.0200

0.0275

1,897

Egypt

0.0700

0.0963

6,641

El Salvador

0.0100

0.0138

949

Equatorial Guinea

0.0100

0.0100

690

Estonia

0.0425

0.0585

4,032

Ethiopia

0.0100

0.0100

690

European Community

 

2.5000

172,400

Fiji

0.0100

0.0138

949

Finland

0.6175

0.8495

58,584

France

6.4075

8.8152

607,895

Gambia

0.0100

0.0100

690

Georgia

0.1175

0.1617

11,148

Germany

9.0425

12.4403

857,884

Ghana

0.0100

0.0138

949

Greece

0.3800

0.5228

36,052

Grenada

0.0100

0.0138

949

Guatemala

0.0200

0.0275

1,897

Guinea

0.0100

0.0100

690

Guinea-Bissau

0.0100

0.0100

690

Guyana

0.0100

0.0138

949

Honduras

0.0100

0.0138

949

Hungary

0.1400

0.1926

13,282

Iceland

0.0300

0.0413

2,846

India

0.3100

0.4265

29,410

Indonesia

0.1400

0.1926

13,282

Israel

0.2675

0.3680

25,378

Italy

5.1975

7.1505

493,100

Jamaica

0.0100

0.0138

949

Japan

15.4350

21.2349

1,464,357

Jordan

0.0100

0.0138

949

Kazakhstan

0.2000

0.2752

18,974

Kenya

0.0100

0.0138

949

Kiribati

0.0100

0.0100

690

Lebanon

0.0100

0.0138

949

Lesotho

0.0100

0.0100

690

Luxembourg

0.0700

0.0963

6,641

Malawi

0.0100

0.0100

690

Malaysia

0.1400

0.1926

13,282

Maldives

0.0100

0.0100

690

Mali

0.0100

0.0100

690

Marshall Islands

0.0100

0.0138

949

Mauritius

0.0100

0.0138

949

Mexico

0.7875

1.0834

74,712

Micronesia  (Federated States of)

0.0100

0.0138

949

Monaco

0.0100

0.0138

949

Mongolia

0.0100

0.0138

949

Morocco

0.0300

0.0413

2,846

Mozambique

0.0100

0.0100

690

Myanmar

0.0100

0.0100

690

Nauru

0.0100

0.0138

949

Nepal

0.0100

0.0100

690

Netherlands

1.5875

2.1840

150,610

New Zealand

0.2400

0.3302

22,769

Niger

0.0100

0.0100

690

Nigeria

0.1150

0.1582

10,910

Norway

0.5600

0.7704

53,129

Oman

0.0400

0.0550

3,795

Pakistan

0.0600

0.0825

5,692

Panama

0.0100

0.0138

949

Papua New Guinea

0.0100

0.0138

949

Paraguay

0.0100

0.0138

949

Peru

0.0600

0.0825

5,692

Philippines

0.0600

0.0825

5,692

Portugal

0.2750

0.3783

26,090

Republic of Korea

0.8175

1.1247

77,558

Republic of Moldova

0.0850

0.1169

8,064

Romania

0.1500

0.2064

14,231

Russian Federation

4.4500

6.1221

422,183

Saint Kitts and Nevis

0.0100

0.0138

949

Saint Lucia

0.0100

0.0138

949

Samoa

0.0100

0.0100

690

San Marino

0.0100

0.0138

949

Senegal

0.0100

0.0138

949

Seychelles

0.0100

0.0138

949

Sierra Leone

0.0100

0.0100

690

Slovakia

0.0825

0.1135

7,827

Solomon Islands

0.0100

0.0100

690

South Africa

0.3225

0.4437

30,596

Spain

2.3625

3.2502

224,136

Sri Lanka

0.0100

0.0138

949

Sudan

0.0100

0.0100

690

Swaziland

0.0100

0.0138

949

Sweden

1.2275

1.6887

116,456

Switzerland

1.2100

1.6647

114,796

Togo

0.0100

0.0100

690

Tunisia

0.0300

0.0413

2,846

Uganda

0.0100

0.0100

690

Ukraine

1.1400

1.5684

108,155

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

5.3150

7.3122

504,247

Uruguay

0.0400

0.0550

3,795

Uzbekistan

0.1375

0.1892

13,045

Vanuatu

0.0100

0.0100

690

Venezuela

0.3375

0.4643

32,019

Viet Nam

0.0100

0.0138

949

Zaire

0.0100

0.0100

690

Zambia

0.0100

0.0100

690

Zimbabwe

0.0100

0.0138

949

       
 

70.9600

100.0000

6,896,000

    * United Nations Report of the Committee on Contributions, Supplement No. 11 (A/49/11)


Annex II to decision II/20

FINANCIAL RULES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TRUST FUND FOR THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

1. The Conference of the Parties to the Convention shall designate an organization (hereinafter referred to as the Trustee) which shall establish and manage the Trust Fund for the Convention on Biological Diversity (hereinafter referred to as the Trust Fund) in accordance with these rules.

2. The Trust Fund shall be used for funding the administration of the Convention including the functions of the Secretariat.

3. The Trust Fund shall be financed from:

    (a) Contributions made by Parties to the Convention based on the scale set forth in the Appendix to the budget;
    (b) Additional contributions made by such Parties;
    (c) Contributions from States not Parties to the Convention, as well as governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and other sources.

4. It is for the Conference of the Parties to determine the scale referred to in paragraph 3 (a) above. The scale is to be based on the United Nations scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations [adjusted to provide that no one contribution shall exceed 25 per cent of the total, [and] no contributions shall be required when the United Nations scale provides for a contribution of less than 0.1 per cent], [and no developing country Party shall be required to pay more than any developed country Party]. [The Conference of the Parties will develop possible methodologies for the principle of common but differentiated responsibility of developed and developing countries to be reflected in the scale of assessment.] [This scale of assessment shall apply unless amended by the Conference of the Parties.] The contributions referred to in paragraph 3 (a) shall be due on 1 January of each calendar year.

5. All contributions shall be paid in United States dollars or its equivalent in a convertible currency and into a bank account to be specified by the Trustee. In conversion of currencies into United States dollars, the United Nations operational rate of exchange shall be used.

6. Accounting records shall be kept in such currency or currencies as the Trustee deems necessary.

7. (a) Budget proposals expressed in United States dollars covering the expenditure and income from contributions referred to in paragraph 3 (a) above shall be prepared by the head of the Secretariat (hereinafter referred to as the Executive Secretary) for periods of two calendar years at the minimum. At least 90 days before the date fixed for the opening of each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, these budget proposals shall be dispatched by the Executive Secretary to all Parties to the Convention.

(b) The budget shall, in accordance with Rule 16, be approved by the Conference of the Parties and, if necessary, be revised at an ordinary or extraordinary meeting of the Parties.

8. Contributions referred to in paragraphs 3 (b) and (c) shall be used in accordance with any terms and conditions agreed between the Executive Secretary and the respective contributor. At each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Executive Secretary shall present a report on contributions received and expected as well as their sources, amounts, purposes and conditions.

9. The Executive Secretary may commit resources against the Trust Fund only if such commitments are covered by contributions already received. In the event that the Trustee anticipates that there might be a shortfall in resources over the financial period as a whole, it shall notify the Executive Secretary, who shall adjust the budget so that expenditures are at all times fully covered by contributions received.

10. The Trustee, on the advice of the Executive Secretary, may make transfers from one budget line to another within the budget in accordance with the Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations.

11. Contributions referred to in paragraph 3 (a) above from States and regional economic integration organizations that become Parties to the Convention after the beginning of a financial period shall be made pro rata temporis for the balance of that financial period. Consequent adjustments shall be made at the end of each financial period for other Parties.

12. Contributions not immediately required for the purposes of the Trust Fund shall be invested, and any interest so earned shall be credited to the Trust Fund.

13. It is for the Conference of the Parties and the Trustee to agree on an administrative support charge to be paid to the Trustee.

14. At the end of each calendar year, the Trustee shall transfer any balance to the following calendar year and submit to the Conference of the Parties, through the Executive Secretary, the certified and audited accounts for that year as soon as practicable. The Trust Fund shall be subjected to the internal and external auditing procedure of the United Nations as laid down in its Financial Regulations and Rules of the United Nations.

15. In the event that the Conference of the Parties decides to terminate the Trust Fund, a notification to that effect shall be presented to the Trustee at least six months before the date of termination selected by the Conference of the Parties. The Conference of the Parties shall decide, in consultation with the Trustee, on the distribution on any unspent balance after all liquidation expenses have been met.

[16A. The Parties shall each agreement by consensus on:

    (a) The scale and any subsequent revision to it;
    (b) The budget.]

[16B. The Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement on the budget by consensus. If all efforts to reach consensus on the budget have been exhausted and no agreement has been reached, the budget shall, as a last resort, be adopted by a [two-thirds] [four-fifths] majority vote of the Parties present and voting representing a [two-thirds] [four-fifths] majority vote of the developing country Parties present and voting and a [two-thirds] [four-fifths] majority vote of the other Parties present and voting.]

17. Any amendments to these rules shall be adopted by the Conference of the Parties by consensus.

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