The United Nations has warned that the General Assembly budgetary incoherence risk weakening the United Nations.
The Assembly cut the Organization’s 2014-2015 budget by $100 million while also increasing its tasks.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide told the Assembly on the second day of its annual General Debate that , ,“Reducing the budget whilst increasing the number of tasks is a recipe for a weaker, not a stronger UN”.
He also called for developing a more agile multilateral system for the 21st century based on regional organizations cooperating with the UN.
“Practical cooperation can lay the foundations for strategic trust and shared values,” he said. “It was only after two horrific wars during the last century that my own continent chose close integration. This was instrumental for the creation of a peaceful Europe.”
He pointed to the important role the African Union (AU) had played in seeing its continent through 50 transformative years.
“This emergence of regional organizations as a feature of global governance is in fact good news for the United Nations,” he declared. “We need a UN that can be a catalyst that supports regional development, which reinforces our common global and multilateral agenda.”