UNEP/MC/COP.3/INF/11 - Programme of work and budget: proposed operational budgets for the two funding scenarios *

The period 2020–2021 marks the second biennium of work for the secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. At its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties, in its decision MC-2/12 on update on the budget for 2019, recalling decision MC-1/15, requested the Executive Secretary to prepare a budget for the biennium 2020–2021, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its third meeting, in 2019, explaining the key principles, assumptions and programmatic strategy on which the budget was based and presenting expenditures for that biennium in a programmatic format and broken down by budget activities. In the same decision, the Conference of the Parties also requested the Executive Secretary, in preparing the budget and programme of work for the biennium 2020–2021, to present two scenarios, one maintaining the operational budget at the 2018–2019 level in nominal terms, and one reflecting required changed to the above-mentioned scenario to meet the projected needs and costs or savings related thereto.