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Non-technical projects entailed ‘only ﬁnancial and administrative management without meaningful technical inputs by the executing agency. Program and administrative support projects, emergency assistance, coordination for relief activities, study tours, logistic support, institutional support, emergency reconstruction and similar activities [were] included under this heading’ (A/39/80: 6). Through this distinction, OPE was indeed vulnerable to criticism that it was encroaching on the functional agencies’ turf.
11 In addition, Resolution 32/197 ‘provided that the regional commissions should be enabled to function as executing agencies for “intersectoral, subregional, regional and inter-regional projects” in areas not falling within the sectoral responsibilities of Specialized Agencies and other United Nations bodies (para. 23)’ (A/39/80: 4). 12 Although OPE’s opponents were able to bark, they were never able to bite. Recommendations from a Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) report (JIU/REP/83/9) to phase out OPE, for the reasons mentioned above, were not followed up by the General Assembly.
OPS and UNDP (1973–1992) 25 42. In cases where expertise or services are required which are not adequately available in kind, quantity and quality within the United Nations system, the Administrator will, in agreement with the Government concerned, exercise his authority to obtain them, while inviting, in appropriate cases, the relevant United Nations organization to provide complementary support. 43. Every executing agent will be accountable to the Administrator for the implementation of Programme assistance to projects.