UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the organization may not find enough to pay its staff next month if member states do not pay.

Guterres told the 193-nation General Assembly's Budget Committee that without his work since January to cut spending, "we would not have the liquidity to organize" the annual meeting of world leaders last month.

"This month we will reach the biggest deficit in 10 years. We are in danger ... to enter November without enough money to cover salaries. Our actions and reforms are in danger."

The United States is the largest contributor and accounts for 22 percent of the regular budget of more than $ 3.3 billion in 2019 and covers business in political, humanitarian, disarmament, economic, social and communications affairs.

Washington owes about $ 381 million to previous budgets and $ 674 million to the current budget. The US mission to the United Nations confirmed these figures. The Mission has not yet responded to a request for comment on the timing of the payment.

US President Donald Trump has said the United States bears an unfair burden on UN costs and called for reform of the world body. Guterres works to improve the organization's operations and reduce costs.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 129 countries had so far this year paid up to about $ 2 billion.

Guterres said he had implemented extraordinary measures last month to cope with the shortage, including not filling vacant posts, allowing only necessary travel and canceling or postponing some meetings. FAO operations in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi and the regional commissions will be affected.

Source Sky News

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