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17) refer to the appointment, composition and functions of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the Committee on Contributions. III. Budget Process In the following, reference will be made only to the budgetary procedure introduced since 1988. It consists of two sequential parts: in off-budget years, for the first time applied in 1988, the Secretary-General submits a budgetary outline in August containing his estimates of resources required for the following biennium, programme priorities, and the rate of growth of the budget.

Legal and Actual Relevance According to Article 13 UN Charter resolutions of the General Assembly are recommendations that do not bind as such the member states or the organs of the United Nations (→ Resolution, Declaration, Decision). However, this view does not grasp the full significance of resolutions for public international law (see generally Fastenrath 1993). They can reflect the agreement between states regarding the content of treaty provisions that has to be taken into account by their interpretation according to Article 31 (3) a of the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaties (→ Treaties, Law of).

The changes of the years 1963/1965 and 1971/1973 remain to date the only formal amendments to the Charter. They illustrate the particular continuity, but at the same time inflexibility, of the founding treaty and constitutional document of the Organization. All other attempts for a contractual revision of the Charter within the scope of a → reform of the UN have remained up to now without results. 1. The Reform Debate in 2004/2005 In the course of the sustained discussions on reforming the UN, which began in the late 1990s, the issue of a revision of the Charter was also addressed.

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