UN asks $3.12-B budget for ’22

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General António Guterres on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) has asked for nearly $3.12 billion as the world body’s regular budget for 2022. “To fully implement the mandates entrusted to us, we will require a total of $3.12 billion before recosting, which represents a net reduction of 2.8 percent compared to 2021 despite additional activities and mandates,” he told the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which handles budgetary affairs. The proposed budget covers a total of 10,005 posts, or a net increase of 46 posts over 2021. Most of the added posts (43) would be for the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees to support education, health care and general assistance, he said.