Chairman of the Fifth Committee for 67thsession of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Miguel Berger, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany gives his opening remarks, where he welcomes new elected members of Bureau that includes himself as Chairman, Mr. João Augusto Costa Vargas of Brazil, Ms. Anna Reich of Hungary and Mr. Bilal Taher Muhammad Wilson of Saudi Arabia as vice-chairpersons and Mr. Justin Kisoka of the United Republic of Tanzania as Rapporteur. He also thanked the previous Bureau which was under the Chairmanship of His Excellency, Mr. Michel Tommo Monthé of Cameroon.
During the discussion, the Committee pointed out the need for careful examination of all important agenda items, such as human resources management, the scale of assessments, Umoja/Enterprise Resource Planning and the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, the United Nations common system, Programme Planning, Capital Master Plan and the reports of the Board of Auditors (BOA); Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Other items includes budget revised estimates such as financing the outcome on RIO+20, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Human Right Council (HRC) and other main committee decisions.
Rapporteur of the Fifth Committee, Mr. Justin Kisoka (Tanzania) (left),listening to Ambassador Berger's remarks. Others are Mr. Collen Kelapile (center),Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and Mr. Yukio Takaso (right), UN Under Secretary-General for Management.
Tanzania delegation is expected to be key players in number of the agenda items in this Session that include full involvement in the negotiation on programme planning, human resource management, UN Common system; oversight reports in particular the BOA, JIU and OIOS, UN pension system, scale of assessment, budgets for ICTR and International Residual Mechanism including construction project in Arusha in line with national priorities.
Mr. Kisoka (center) and Mr. Amos Tengu (left), Tanzania Delegates to the Fifth Committee chatting with Mr. Samakande, Representative of Zimbabwe Delegation to the Fifth Committee, during the opening session at the UN Headquarter in New York.
Mr. Elisha Suku (right), Legal Officer and Mr. Lucas Mayenga, Foreign Service Officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, closely following the deliberation of the Sixth Committee (Legal and Administrative) Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ms. Swahiba Mndeme, Foreign Service Officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, during her participation at the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) Meeting of the UN General Assembly.
All photos by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago