Ban Ki-moon Seeks Slimmer UN Budget

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by: Paulo Filgueiras / United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a two-year budget that is 3 percent lower than the current one.

In a meeting with senior managers on the 2012-2013 budget Wednesday (March 9), Ban cited the sluggish world economy for this proposal.

“We must be realistic about the current economic climate,” he said. “Even the wealthiest nations are tightening their belts and cutting budgets. The United Nations must be no less disciplined. We cannot go about business as usual.”

The decision on the new budget will be taken up during a session at the General Assembly in December. The current U.N. budget totals $5.16 billion, or 20 percent up from the previous two-year budget.

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“The Secretary-General encourages all UN entities and UN Member States to find ways to do more with less,” spokesperson Martin Nesirky said in a news briefing Wednesday, as quoted by the U.N. News Center.

Ban’s proposal comes amid calls by some U.S. lawmakers, mainly House Republicans, for reduced U.S. contributions to the global body.

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