In Austerity Drive, UN Chief Proposes Curtailing Consultancies

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by: Mark Garten / United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing cuts worth $155 million to the global agency’s 2012-2013 budget that takes effect next January.

Ban’s proposal includes reduction in official travel by using more video conferencing, curtailment or suspension of consultancies, decreased use of printed reports in favor of electronic documents, and an overall abatement in overtime payments, IPS reports.

Ban also wants to “review” the use of libraries in U.N. agencies and charge fees for services provided by the U.N. Secretariat to the various U.N. funds and programs systemwide.

Ban earlier proposed a two-year budget that is 3 percent lower than the current one, citing sluggish global economic performance.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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