The UN General Assembly on Sunday approved a nearly $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019.
The program budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including, political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs and public information.
Also on Sunday, which marked the closing of the “main part” of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, the 193-member body adopted a number of key resolutions, including reforms in the areas of peace and security, and of management.
Speaking at the closing session, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, stated that progress is not measured by the number of resolutions adopted, but rather by the impact the United Nations makes on people’s lives.
“Our work is not yet done. We have more to do next year.… To have meaningful outcomes from all these processes we need to talk, and more importantly, to listen, to one another. These agenda items represent global challenges. And multilateralism is the tool we need to solve them.”