UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The General Assembly has approved a $5.4 billion budget for the United Nations’ regular operations during 2016 and 2017, a slight decrease from the $5.5 billion budget for the previous two years.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told diplomats following Wednesday night’s approval that the budget “reflects the difficult global financial reality we have faced for a number of years.”
He said “funding continues to shrink — while demands on the United Nations grow.”
The regular budget is separate from the budget for the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations, which totals $8.27 billion for the year ending June 30, 2016. Many U.N. agencies are funded by voluntary contributions from member states.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs
- Too big to sell: Airbus bids pained adieu to superjumbo A380 VIEW
- Unclaimed $1.5B prize: South Carolina could be big loser too
- Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency WATCH
- Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border WATCH
The United States, the largest contributor, pays 22 percent of the regular budget followed by Japan with 9.68 percent.