Ban welcomes approval of UN budget for next two years

The General Assembly today approved a budget of $5.16 billion for the 2010-2011 period, in a move immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “wishes to state his commitment to utilize the resources made available to the Organization in the most effective and efficient way.”He also “wishes to work with all Member States in full partnership and through a transparent process during the upcoming biennium with a view to jointly realizing the important goals of this Organization.”The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to Assembly President Ali Treki for his leadership during the body”s session, to Ambassador Peter Maurer, who chairs the Assembly”s Administrative and Budgetary Committee, for steering the discussions, and to others for their efforts during this session.“This demonstrates the commitment of Member States to the financial well-being of the Organization,” he stressed, adding that he is pleased that the scales of assessment for both the regular budget and peacekeeping operations for the coming biennium have been decided.The measure was among a host of resolutions adopted by the Assembly as it wrapped up its work for year, which also included texts on an upcoming sustainable development conference and the human rights situation in Myanmar.It also adopted a resolution that maintains the current scale by which nations are assessed dues to the UN, reflecting a compromise between the need to review that formula and maintain a balanced approach to assessments. 24 December 2009The General Assembly today approved a budget of $5.16 billion for the 2010-2011 period, in a move immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

South Sudan shaken by sustained fighting as political crisis continues – UN

In a briefing to journalists in New York, UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, cited reports received yesterday from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), documenting clashes between the two sides in Fangak County, Jonglei State, in the country’s north. The fighting reportedly resulted in the displacement of approximately 4,000 civilians, the spokesperson added. “UNMISS [the UN Mission in South Sudan] continues to provide protection and logistical support to the monitoring and verification teams that are deployed in South Sudan as part of the UN Mission’s mandate,” said Mr. Dujarric.In addition, he noted, UNMISS had also received reports of an attack last Friday in Western Equatorial State by suspected members of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in which a 13-year-old girl is reportedly missing. The UN Mission is looking into the incident, he said. Political in-fighting between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. IGAD has been mediating peace talks between the rival sides. read more