United Nations.– Acting on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly today approved an appropriation of almost $7.08 billion for the financing of United Nations peacekeeping for the financial period running from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.
That amount includes $1.24 billion for the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), $1.57 billion for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), and $858.77 million for the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) –three of the Organization’s largest peacekeeping operations.
The Assembly then turned to a draft resolution on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (document A/62/L.25/Rev.2), which had been tabled by Belarus, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Venezuela.
Stressing the need to promote a comprehensive and coherent discussion on all aspects of the phenomenon of migration, taking into account its importance on the global agenda, the Assembly, by the terms of the text, would recognize the possible positive impact of exchanges of information and closer cooperation between the United Nations and the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which currently functions as a State-led initiative. The first meeting of the Global Forum was held in Brussels in July 2007, under the auspices of the Government of Belgium.