MINUSTAH Funding Gap Grows as UN Approves More Money for Haiti

Peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti deliver water and food in quake-hit Port-au-Prince. The U.N. Administrative and Budget Committee has approved more funding for the mission's expansion. Photo by: U.N./Marco Dormino

The U.N. Administrative and Budget Committee has approved a draft resolution authorizing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to commit up to USD120.64 worth of new funding to the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. The funding will support the U.N. Security Council’s proposal to increase the mission’s troop and police levels to assist the recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts in the earthquake-hit country.

The resolution notes that only 38 states have fully paid their contributions to MINUSTAH’s USD611.75 million approved budget, which covers operations up to June 30. Approximately USD105.2 million was still owed as of March 31.

The head of the administrative and budget committee also said during a presentation before the U.N. General Assembly that some USD1.9 billion was owed by member states to the overall U.N. peacekeeping account as of December 2009. Two-thirds of this amount is owed by the U.S. and Japan.

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