Resolution VIII.27: Financial and budgetary matters

"Wetlands: water, life, and culture"
8th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Valencia, Spain, 18-26 November 2002

1. RECALLING the budgetary provisions established by Article 6, paragraphs 5 and 6, of the Convention;

2. ACKNOWLEDGING WITH APPRECIATION the prompt payment by the majority of Contracting Parties of their contributions to the core budget of the Convention;

3. NOTING WITH GRATITUDE the additional financial contributions made by many Contracting Parties through their Ramsar Administrative Authority and other agencies, including some development assistance agencies, and also the contributions made by non-governmental organizations and the private sector for activities undertaken by the Ramsar Bureau, as shown in the information document Ramsar COP8 DOC. 12;

4. ACKNOWLEDGING ONCE MORE WITH APPRECIATION the effective financial and administrative services provided by IUCN - The World Conservation Union to the Ramsar Bureau; and

5. NOTING that Contracting Parties have been kept informed of the financial situation of the Convention secretariat through the financial audited reports for fiscal years 1999 and 2000 and the minutes of the Standing Committee meetings in 1999, 2000 and 2001, circulated to Contracting Parties in due time;

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6. NOTES WITH PLEASURE that since Ramsar COP7 in 1999 the Ramsar Bureau has managed the Convention's funds prudently and efficiently, ending each year with a small budget surplus which has been reverted into the Reserve Fund established by Resolution VI.17;

7. EXPRESSES ITS GRATITUDE to the Contracting Parties that have served in the Subgroup on Finance of the Standing Committee during the past triennium, and in particular to Armenia, which acted as Chair of the Subgroup;

8. DECIDES that the Terms of Reference for the Financial Administration of the Convention contained in Annex 3 to Resolution 5.2 shall be applied in toto to the 2003-2005 triennium;

9. FURTHER DECIDES that the Subgroup on Finance, as established by Resolution VI.17, shall continue to operate under the aegis of the Standing Committee and with the roles and responsibilities specified therein;

10. APPROVES the budget for the 2003-2005 triennium as attached as Annex I to enable the implementation of the annual work plans of the Ramsar Bureau;

11. DECIDES that the contribution of each Contracting Party to this budget shall be in accordance with the scale of assessments for the contribution of Member States to the United Nations budget as approved by the UN General Assembly for 2003 (Annex II) and yet to be approved for the years 2004 and 2005, except in the case of Contracting Parties which, in applying the UN scale, would make annual contributions to the Convention Budget of less than SFR 1,000, in which case the annual contribution shall be that amount. The difference between the assessed contribution for these Contracting Parties according to the UN scale and the minimum threshold of SFR 1,000 shall be allocated, when actual payments have been effected, to budget line 9 of the core budget (COP-related costs incurred by the Bureau). All other Contracting Parties will continue to be assessed in accordance with the UN scale of contributions as indicated in Annex II; and

12. CALLS UPON all Contracting Parties to pay their dues promptly by 1 January of each year, and URGES Contracting Parties in arrears to make a renewed effort to settle them.


Annex I

Core budget 2003-2005
(Swiss francs)

INCOME

The forecast income for 2003-2005 represents a 4% increase per year, based on the forecast income for 2002. The annual 4% increase is composed of 1.5% to cover inflation and 2.5% real growth (see actual figures at the bottom of the Expenditure chart in the next page).

 

2002
(Forecast)

2003

2004

2005

1. Contributions from Parties

2,520,121

2,649,869

2,748,338

2,843,619

2. Voluntary contribution USA

696,960

732,284

760,256

787,322

3. Swiss income tax rebate

200,000

220,000

230,000

240,000

4. Interest

120,000

130,000

140,000

160,000

     
TOTAL INCOME

3,537,081

3,732,153

3,878,594

4,030,941

Budgeted expenditure 

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

Difference* 

53,589

52,887

52,206

* Items 1 and 2 of the income are calculated by applying the UN scale of assessments to the proposed expenditure (see next page), minus item 3 and 4 of the income. Nevertheless, in accord with Resolution VII.28, the minimum to be paid by a Party is one thousand Swiss francs per year. At the time of COP8, for 68 developing countries and countries with economies in transition, this is more than their percentage of contribution according to the UN scale. This creates the difference of income versus expenditure shown here. This additional amount, or portion thereof which is actually collected, shall be transferred to budget line 9 of the core budget (COP-related costs incurred by the Bureau), as per paragraph 11 of Resolution VIII.27.

Notes on income

1. Annual contributions from Contracting Parties (see Annex II with the list of contributions for 2003).
2. Voluntary contribution by the United States of America, equivalent to 22% of the total amount to be paid by Contracting Parties.
3. The Swiss Government, in addition to paying its annual dues, donates to the Ramsar core budget the income tax paid by the non-Swiss staff employed by the Ramsar Bureau.
4. Interest earned on deposits of cash not immediately needed for disbursement.


    

Annex I

 

CORE BUDGET 2003-2005
(Swiss francs)

      
  

EXPENDITURES

2003

2004

2005

      

1

STAFF COSTS

   
 

a)

Salaries and social charges

2,120,243

2,183,850

2,249,365

 

b)

Other employment benefits

194,536

198,427

202,395

 

c)

Staff hiring and departure costs

25,000

15,000

15,000

      

2

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

   
 

a)

Ramsar Database

160,000

180,000

200,000

 

b)

STRP Support Service

110,000

110,000

110,000

      

3

SUPPORT TO REGIONAL INITIATIVES

82,386

86,150

89,596

      

4

TRAVEL ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS (International)

110,000

115,000

120,000

      

5

PURCHASE & MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT /

  
 

OFFICE SUPPLIES (including depreciation)

20,000

23,000

25,000

      

6

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES & OPERATING COSTS

  
 

a)

IUCN Services

452,000

460,000

468,000

 

b)

Operating Costs

97,000

97,000

100,000

 

c)

Simultaneous interpretation at SC meetings

15,000

15,000

      

7

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTING

   
 

a)

Publications

145,000

150,000

150,000

 

b)

Newsletter

   
      

8

SUBSIDIARY BODIES

   
 

a)

Standing Committee delegate support

42,000

45,000

45,000

 

b)

STRP members’ support

42,000

20,000

45,000

 

c)

Regional representatives’ support

   
      

9

COP related costs incurred by the Bureau

43,399

107,280

123,379

      

10

MISCELLANEOUS

   
 

a)   Bad debt provision

20,000

20,000

20,000

 

b)

Exchange loss

   
      
  

TOTAL FORECAST EXPENDITURE

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

  

FORECAST INCOME *

3,678,564

3,825,707

3,978,735

      
  

* Including interest & Swiss income tax rebate

   
      
  

4% increase based on the 2002 forecase income and composed of:

  
  

1.5% Inflation

53,056

55,178

57,386

  

2.5% Growth

88,427

91,964

95,643

   

141,483

147,143

153,028


Annex II

Annual Contributions for the year 2003

(Note: For the fiscal years 2004 and 2005, see paragraph 11 of the Resolution.)

  

2003

2003

 

2003

MEMBER STATE

 

UN

Ramsar

AnnCont

  

%

%

 

CHF

      

Albania

 

0,00300

0,00302

 

1.000

Algeria

 

0,07000

0,07040

 

2.343

Argentina

 

1,14900

1,15549

 

38.461

Armenia

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Australia

 

1,62700

1,63619

 

54.462

Austria

 

0,94700

0,95235

 

31.700

Azerbaijan

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Bahamas

 

0,01200

0,01207

 

1.000

Bahrain

 

0,01800

0,01810

 

1.000

Bangladesh

 

0,01000

0,01006

 

1.000

Belarus

 

0,01900

0,01911

 

1.000

Belgium

 

1,12900

1,13538

 

37.792

Belize

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Benin

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Boliivia

 

0,00800

0,00805

 

1.000

Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Botswana

 

0,01000

0,01006

 

1.000

Brazil

 

2,39000

2,40350

 

80.002

Bulgaria

 

0,01300

0,01307

 

1.000

Burkina Faso

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Burundi

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Cambodia

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Canada

 

2,55800

2,57245

 

85.625

Chad

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Chile

 

0,21200

0,21320

 

7.096

China

 

1,53200

1,54065

 

51.282

Colombia

 

0,20100

0,20214

 

6.728

Comoros

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Congo

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Costa Rica

 

0,02000

0,02011

 

1.000

Cote d'Ivoire

 

0,00900

0,00905

 

1.000

Croatia

 

0,03900

0,03922

 

1.305

Cuba

 

0,03000

0,03017

 

1.004

Cyprus

 

0,03800

0,03821

 

1.272

Czech Republic

 

0,20300

0,20415

 

6.795

Dem.Rep. Congo

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Denmark

 

0,74900

0,75323

 

25.072

Dominican Republic

 

0,02300

0,02313

 

1.000

Ecuador

 

0,02500

0,02514

 

1.000

Egypt

 

0,08100

0,08146

 

2.711

El Salvador

 

0,01800

0,01810

 

1.000

Estonia

 

0,01000

0,01006

 

1.000

Finland

 

0,52200

0,52495

 

17.473

France

 

6,46600

6,50251

 

216.440

Gabon

 

0,01400

0,01408

 

1.000

Gambia

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Georgia

 

0,00500

0,00503

 

1.000

Germany

 

9,76900

9,82417

 

327.004

Ghana

 

0,00500

0,00503

 

1.000

Greece

 

0,53900

0,54204

 

18.042

Guatemala

 

0,02700

0,02715

 

1.000

Guinea

 

0,00300

0,00302

 

1.000

Guinea-Bissau

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Honduras

 

0,00500

0,00503

 

1.000

Hungary

 

0,12000

0,12068

 

4.017

Iceland

 

0,03300

0,03319

 

1.105

India

 

0,34100

0,34293

 

11.415

Indonesia

 

0,20000

0,20113

 

6.695

Iran, Islamic Rep.of

 

0,27200

0,27354

 

9.105

Ireland

 

0,29400

0,29566

 

9.841

Israel

 

0,41500

0,41734

 

13.892

Italy

 

5,06475

5,09335

 

169.535

Jamaica

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Japan

 

19,51575

19,62596

 

653.263

Jordan

 

0,00800

0,00805

 

1.000

Kenya

 

0,00800

0,00805

 

1.000

Latvia

 

0,01000

0,01006

 

1.000

Lebanon

 

0,01200

0,01207

 

1.000

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

 

0,06700

0,06738

 

2.243

Liechtenstein

 

0,00600

0,00603

 

1.000

Lithuania

 

0,01700

0,01710

 

1.000

Luxembourg

 

0,08000

0,08045

 

2.678

Madagascar

 

0,00300

0,00302

 

1.000

Malawi

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Malaysia

 

0,23500

0,23633

 

7.866

Mali

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Malta

 

0,01500

0,01508

 

1.000

Mauritania

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Mauritius

 

0,01100

0,01106

 

1.000

Mexico

 

1,08600

1,09213

 

36.352

Monaco

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Mongolia

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Morocco

 

0,04400

0,04425

 

1.473

Namibia

 

0,00700

0,00704

 

1.000

Nepal

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

Netherlands

 

1,73800

1,74781

 

58.177

New Zealand

 

0,24100

0,24236

 

8.067

Nicaragua

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Niger

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Nigeria

 

0,06800

0,06838

 

2.276

Norway

 

0,64600

0,64965

 

21.624

Pakistan

 

0,06100

0,06134

 

2.042

Panama

 

0,01800

0,01810

 

1.000

Papua New Guinea

 

0,00600

0,00603

 

1.000

Paraguay

 

0,01600

0,01609

 

1.000

Peru

 

0,11800

0,11867

 

3.950

Philippines

 

0,10000

0,10056

 

3.347

Poland

 

0,37800

0,38013

 

12.653

Portugal

 

0,46200

0,46461

 

15.465

Republic of Korea

 

1,85100

1,86145

 

61.960

Republic of Moldova

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Romania

 

0,05800

0,05833

 

1.941

Russian Federation

 

1,20000

1,20678

 

40.168

Saint Lucia

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Senegal

 

0,00500

0,00503

 

1.000

Sierra Leone

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Slovak Republic

 

0,04300

0,04324

 

1.439

Slovenia

 

0,08100

0,08146

 

2.711

South Africa

 

0,40800

0,41030

 

13.657

Spain

 

2,51875

2,53297

 

84.312

Sri Lanka

 

0,01600

0,01609

 

1.000

Suriname

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

Sweden

 

1,02675

1,03255

 

34.369

Switzerland

 

1,27400

1,28119

 

42.645

Syrian Arab Republic

 

0,08000

0,08045

 

2.678

Tajikistan

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Thailand

 

0,29400

0,29566

 

9.841

The FYR of Macedonia

 

0,00600

0,00603

 

1.000

Togo

 

0,00100

0,00101

 

1.000

Trinidad & Tobago

 

0,01600

0,01609

 

1.000

Tunisia

 

0,03000

0,03017

 

1.004

Turkey

 

0,44000

0,44248

 

14.728

Uganda

 

0,00500

0,00503

 

1.000

Ukraine

 

0,05300

0,05330

 

1.774

United Kingdom

 

5,53600

5,56726

 

185.310

United Rep of Tanzania

 

0,00400

0,00402

 

1.000

USA (1)

 

0,00000

0,00000

  

Uruguay

 

0,08000

0,08045

 

2.678

Uzbekistan

 

0,01100

0,01106

 

1.000

Venezuela

 

0,20800

0,20917

 

6.963

Viet Nam

 

0,01600

0,01609

 

1.000

Yugoslavia

 

0,02000

0,02011

 

1.000

Zambia

 

0,00200

0,00201

 

1.000

TOTALS

 

77,56200

78,00000

 

2.649.869

      

(1) Other Contributions

 

22,00000

22,00000

 

732.284

TOTAL

 

99,56200

100,00000

 

3.382.154

Note

1. Argentina requested that in applying the United Nations scale of assessment, its contribution for 2003 be adjusted by the rate proposed by the United Nations Committee on Contributions, unanimously adopted by all the Committee's members at its 62nd session. The Committee on Contributions recommended by consensus that, when assessing Argentina's contribution for 2003, the General Assembly should apply a rate of 0.969% instead of the rate of 1.149% originally foreseen.

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