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$5.4bn UN budget for next 2 years approved


OurtimeBD.com
28.12.2017

Sofian Khan

The United Nations General Assembly has taken a number of key actions, including the approval of nearly $5.4 billion budget for it for the period of 2018-2019.The budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and public information.The approved amount is $286 million (or 5 percent) below the budget for the current two-year period 2016-2017 and $193 million below the proposal made by the Secretary-General in October this year.“Our work is not yet done. We’ve more to do next year,” he said, noting areas, including the Global Compact for Migration, the peacebuilding and sustaining peace agenda, maintaining momentum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as Security Council reform. “To have meaningful outcomes from all these processes, we need to talk, and more importantly, to listen, to one another. These agenda items represent global challenges. And multilateralism is the tool we need to solve them,” he added.To a lesser extent, reductions also applied to personnel or post resources, he said.Emphasizing that the UN budget will ensure that there is value for money, he said “This is a reassurance we can give to the taxpayers that no stone will be left unturned to make sure that the money is spent properly and ultimately benefits the world community in the areas where the UN is needed.”


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