UN chief welcomes adoption of new budget

08:42, December 25, 2009      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the General Assembly's approved budget of 5.16 billion U.S. dollars for the next two years.

The secretary-general, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, said that "this demonstrates the commitment of Member States to the financial well-being of the Organization."

"The secretary-general also wishes to state his commitment to utilize the resources made available to the Organization in the most effective and efficient way," the statement said.

Ban called on a "full partnership" with member states, underscoring the importance of working through a "transparent process during the upcoming biennium with a view to jointly realizing the important goals of this Organization."

In the statement, he also thanked Ambassador Peter Maurer, chairman of the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly (GA), for leading the discussions, in addition to the vice-chairmen, the Bureau Members, the Rapporteur, the Coordinators and the Fifth Committee delegates "for their hard and dedicated work during this session."

"The secretary-general is gratified to note that the scales of assessment for both the regular budget and peacekeeping operations for 2010-2012 have been decided," said the statement.

The General Assembly Thursday adopted the budget for the United Nations 2010-2011 biennium, maintaining current scale of assessment for regular budget, peacekeeping.

The GA took the action in "a resolution that maintains the current scale by which States are assessed dues to the Organization, reflecting a compromise between the need to review that formula and maintain a balanced approach to assessments," a GA press release said.

The regular budget of the United Nations is approved by the General Assembly for a two-year period. The main source of funds for the budget is the contributions of Member States.

Source: Xinhua
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