OHCHR needs USD 337,800 to implement resolution

UNHRCThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) headed by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein would require USD 337,800 to implement the resolution on Sri Lanka if it is adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, the Daily Leader newspaper reported.

The Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts will inform the council today on the budget requirements should the resolution be passed.

The Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts says the USD 337,800 is not part of the 2016 – 2017 UN budget so funds have not been allocated for it.

In order to obtain the required funds, the UN budget will be revised if the resolution is passed and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will then inform the UN General Assembly during its ongoing 70th session on the additional funds required.

The Daily Leader quoted Johannes Huisman, Director of the Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts as saying USD 337,800 will be required for OHCHR Geneva staff to conduct six missions to Colombo of 14 days each and for local transport and other expenses during the field missions,.

The funds will also be required to support the review and assessment of progress on implementing the recommendations related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

Johannes Huisman said that the funds will also cover conference services for the translation and processing of the final report.

If adopted, the resolution sponsored by the US, Sri Lanka and a few other countries, will require the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of OHCHR’s recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability, and human rights; to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-second session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of the present resolution at its thirty-fourth session. (Colombo Gazette)