UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is running out of cash

Shown here is a spectacular view of the UN Secretariat Building, headquarters for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. UN Photo: Andrea Brizzi.

In a statement made at UN Headquarters in New York recently, the UN Chief urged Member States to pay their mandatory contributions on time and in full so that the world body can continue to deliver on its key mandates.”

According to his remarks, Lithuania has paid its contributions so far this month. In addition to Lithuania, Japan, Moldova, Iraq, and Mexico have also paid their contributions this month, leaving the outstanding amount owed for 2018 at nearly $810 million, with 8 States yet to pay. “The cash flow has never been this low, so early in the calendar year” said the UN Secretary-General.

At the end of June this year, the amount of money paid by Member States for the 2018 assessment stood at around $1.49 billion” according to statements made by Antonio Guterres. “At the same time, last year, the amount paid to the regular budget was just over $1.70 billion” he added.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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