Policy Statement of the Director General
The year began with a concerted effort to start certain new initiatives and plan for changes foreseen in the draft Program and Budget for 1998-99, while continuing with the traditional tasks and services. After the Program and Budget was approved in March the Secretariat expanded its efforts to all 18 main Programs.
The Program Implementation Overview covers the objectives, the main activities, and results of the 18 main Program areas during the first five months of this year.
We have made a good start during this period, especially considering that program implementation took place in an environment of change and renewal in policy directions, program content, and staff re-deployment.
It is not possible to fully evaluate the implementation and achievements of the 1998-99 Program and Budget for three reasons: First, the Member States approved the Program and Budget at the end of March, so many activities could only be launched after that date, even though some preparations had often been made. Second, given the major changes within the Secretariat throughout the period under review, staff members required time to settle into their new environment and functions. Third, although a system to monitor program implementation expenditure has been operational since April, work has not been completed on elaboration of criteria and guidelines for evaluating performance, results-oriented output, and productivity.
Thus, this document is simply an interim report to inform the Member States about the work that has been done under the 18 main Programs, and follows the essential structure of the Program and Budget.
In the first half of 1999, a Program and Budget Implementation and Performance Report (PBIPR) will be prepared for the Member States covering all 1998. This report will provide a full account of the activities carried out, illustrated by texts, charts and tables, containing data and statistics on program and budgetary delivery rates and actual income and expenditures as well as the overall financial situation of the Organization.
The PBIPR will allow Member States to assess the achievements of the Organization and the Secretariat by the relevant objectives and expected results set out in the Program and Budget for a full 12-month period. Equally important, Member States will also be able to judge how the Organization has responded to the five challenges facing it:
The challenge of relevance in the face of growing changes:
Relevance to the priorities and needs of Member States, market sector interests, civil society, and new and emerging technologies.
The challenge of governance:
Working in full partnership with Member States to make procedures simpler, cost-effective, and result-oriented, and facilitating decision-making through transparency and accountability.