UN at risk of running out of cash: UN Chief Antonio Guterres

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The United Nations is at risk of running out of cash. In a letter to UN staff, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urging member states to pay their mandatory contributions on time and in full to ensure that the world body can continue to deliver on its key mandates.

He also added that our cash flow has never been this low so early in the calendar year, and the broader trend is also concerning. Mr. Guterres highlighted the risk the current situation poses to the delivery of mandates and to the reputation of the organisation.

As of July 26, as many as 112 member states, including India, have paid their regular budget dues in full. A total of 81 nations are yet to pay their regular budget dues. These include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Maldives, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sudan, Syria, the United States and Zimbabwe.

The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations, paying 22 per cent of the 5.4 billion dollar core budget and 28.5 per cent of the 7.9 billion dollar peacekeeping budget.

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