BY THE GUARDIAN
António Guterres, the UN secretary general, has warned that the organisation is facing an unprecedented shortage of funding for its core budget and will need to make urgent cuts unless member states pay up
The alarm was raised in letters, seen by the Guardian and other news organisations, sent by Guterres to member states and staff.
Guterres told member states that the UN’s core budget was in the red more deeply and earlier in its financial year than it had ever previously experienced.
He added that, as of 30 June, core funding had a deficit of $139m
(£106m), and said the UN had “never faced such a difficult cash flow
situation this early in the calendar year”.
In a second letter sent to staff, seen by the Guardian, Guterres underlined the UN’s precarious finances.
“Caused primarily by the delayed contributions of member states to the regular budget, this new cash shortfall is unlike those we have experienced previously,” he wrote, warning the funding crisis posed a risk both to the organisation’s operations and “reputation”.
“Our cash flow has never been this low so early in the calendar year, and the broader trend is also concerning: we are running out of cash sooner and staying in the red longer,” wrote Guterres.
“An organisation such as ours should not have to suffer repeated brushes with bankruptcy. But surely, the greater pain is felt by those we serve when we cannot, for want of modest funds, answer their call for help. Guterres wrote.
The UN general assembly budget committee agreed in December on a $5.4bn core UN budget for 2018-19, which US ambassador Nikki Haley said was a cut of $285m from 2016-17. UN peacekeeping is funded separately.
According to the UN, 112 out of 193 member states have so far paid their share of the core budget. The US, which is responsible for 22% of the budget, traditionally pays later because of its budget year.
The countries that have so far failed to pay include the US, Argentina, Syria, Venezuela and Belarus.
By July last year, 116 countries had paid, compared with 98 in 2016. China, France, Russia and Britain – the permanent members of the UN security council along with the US – are all paid up for 2018.
Guterres told staff he was concerned with a broader trend. “We are running out of cash sooner and staying in the red longer,” he said, adding that the UN would take measures to reduce expenses with a focus on non-staff costs.
Haley came to the UN in January last year pushing for reform of the world body in a bid to cut costs.
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1. Trapence and Sembereka conspired to steal
2. Fictitiously conducted or claimed to have conducted HIV workshops but pocketed the money
3. Admitted to steaking
4. UN knows they misappropriated funds
5. UN knows the “two thieves” are refunding the money
6. A crime was committed no matter the stratagem and devices
7. The two have been charged with theft as well as operating an illegal NGO or a “Shell”
8. The UN body is reeling from many scandals globally. From sexual harrasment, gallamsy and crude oil trading in the Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Libya and many other troubled spots, now to financial crimes
1. Financial crimes bordering on fraud and money laundering
2. Trapence and UNAIDS could be answerable
1. That because Trapence has been ochestrating demonstrations, he is being politically persecuted. Fact of matter is that his fraud charges do not relate to demos
2. That because UN is a big donor, Malawi should tolerate its impunity or allow the UN to use some NGOs to abuse and circumvent the Law of a sovereign state and member
2. That the UN is above the law of a sovereign country where its agencies or departments operate and are hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3. That the UN is a rich body which can not care when its funds are abused.
The fact of the matter is that funding to the UN is at its lowest in decades such that many analysts predict the UN to go bankrupt and fail, s did the League of Nations. The reality is that the world’s major governments including Trump’s U.S look askance at why UN deserves any money when the Federal Government budgets are in deficit. The UN is left at the mercy of world governments already facing pressure from taxpayers who wonder whether part of their money should be going to a failing organisation that lacks financial governance and controls.