Senior Indian diplomat, Surendra Adhana, has been re-elected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) at the United Nations for the term 2024-26. This re-election underscores his expertise and the confidence placed in him by the international community. Counsellor Surendra Adhana, representing India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, has been re-elected to the ACABQ by acclamation. This re-election reflects his standing as a seasoned diplomat and his demonstrated capabilities in addressing complex budgetary and administrative matters at the United Nations.
The Role of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ)
Composition and Purpose
The ACABQ is an expert committee comprising 21 members elected by the General Assembly. Members serve in a personal capacity and not as representatives of member states. The committee is elected for a three-year term and is carefully structured to ensure broad geographical representation.
The functions and responsibilities of the Advisory Committee, as well as its composition, are governed by the provisions of Assembly resolutions 14 (I) of 13 February 1946 and 32/103 of 14 December 1977 and rules 155 to 157 of the rules of procedure of the Assembly. The major functions of the Advisory Committee are:
- To examine and report on the budget submitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly;
- To advise the General Assembly concerning any administrative and budgetary matters referred to it;
- To examine on behalf of the General Assembly the administrative budgets of the specialized agencies and proposals for financial arrangements with such agencies; and
- To consider and report to the General Assembly on the auditors’ reports on the accounts of the United Nations and of the specialized agencies.
The programme of work of the Committee is determined by the requirements of the General Assembly and the other legislative bodies to which the Committee reports.
- Budget Examination: The primary responsibility of the ACABQ is to examine and report on the budget submitted by the Secretary-General to the General Assembly.
- Advisory Role: The committee also advises the General Assembly on various administrative and budgetary matters referred to it. This guidance is crucial in ensuring the effective functioning of the United Nations.
- Specialized Agencies: ACABQ plays a pivotal role in examining the administrative budgets of specialized agencies affiliated with the United Nations. It also evaluates proposals for financial arrangements with these agencies.
- Auditors’ Reports: The committee is responsible for considering and reporting to the General Assembly on the auditors’ reports concerning the accounts of the United Nations and its specialized agencies.