UN May Not Have Enough Money to Pay Staff, Secretary-General Says

UN Secretary General António Guterres

United Nations 'could run out of money by end of month'

Antonio Guterres, the United Nation secretary-General says the organisation is facing a severe paucity of funds, the worst in almost 10 years. As a result, "we run the risk of depleting our backup liquidity reserves by the end of the month", he wrote.

Guterres said on Tuesday that the financial shortage in October could have reached 600 million dollars had the organisation not "contained expenditures globally from the beginning of the year".

The United States is by far the U.N.'s biggest financial contributor, providing 22 percent of its operating budget and funding 28 percent of peacekeeping missions, which now cost $8 billion annually.

While the U.S.is one of the countries that have not paid its contribution in full, an official from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations told Fox News that is in part because of differences in U.S. and United Nations fiscal years.

"We are now driven to prioritise our work on the basis of the availability of cash, thus undermining the implementation of mandates decided by inter-governmental bodies, " Dujarric said.

Soldiers of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol a road in the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila along the border with Israel on August 29, 2019. "We risk. entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls", said Guterres. That means the US owes $674 million for the 2019 budget alone.

The Trump Administration has put pressure on the UN to make cuts to how the organization functions since former US Ambassador Nikki Haley arrived early in 2017, although Trump has praised the UN Secretary-General publicly for his stewardship.

A third of its member states have not been paid their share of the costs.

In addition, Dujarric said, events scheduled outside official meeting hours are being discontinued and conferences and meetings may have to be postponed or their services adjusted. Agencies that received the greatest amount of money were the World Food Program, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Contributions to the United Nations are calculated annually using a formula based on each member state's gross national income, debt burden, and per-capita income. Washington now owes some $2.4 billion for peacekeeping missions.

As of July 2019, the United Nations paid $1,428 a month to each soldier.

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