Ban calls for 3 per cent cut to UN budget in face

“We must be realistic about the current economic climate,” he told senior managers of the budget for 2012-2013. “Even the wealthiest nations are tightening their belts and cutting budgets. The United Nations must be no less disciplined. We cannot go about business as usual.”It will be up to Member States to discuss and decide on the ultimate budget to be adopted by the General Assembly in December for the two-year period.“The Secretary-General encourages all UN entities and UN Member States to find ways to do more with less,” spokesperson Martin Nesirky told a news briefing today. The current two-year budget is over 20 per cent more than that for the previous two-year period of 2008-2009, which totalled $4.17 billion. 9 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seeking a 3 per cent cut in the next United Nations budget below the current two-year figure of $5.16 billion, in line with the sluggish global economy as the world struggles to emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. read more

World deserves to know the truth behind Khashoggi disappearance UN human rights

The High Commissioner who heads OHCHR, reiterated her call earlier in the week, for diplomatic immunity to be waived to ensure the joint investigation is effective, impartial and transparent.Mr. Khashoggi, an influential Saudi journalist and critic, who has been living in exile in the United States in recent months and writing a column for the Washington Post newspaper, had gone to the Saudi Consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, on 2 October, to obtain marriage papers. He was never seen leaving, and the Saudi authorities have denied all knowledge of his whereabouts.If it doesn’t work we might need another kind of investigation…His family and the world, deserves to know the truth – UN human rights chief, Michelle BacheletIn an exclusive interview on Wednesday with the UN News Spanish service at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms. Bachelet said that Mr. Khashoggi’s “family and the world, deserves to know the truth” of what happened to him.The rights chief said the UN had firstly urged both countries – Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to conduct a joint investigation, which is on-going, “but we have mentioned that this investigation should be thorough, should be transparent, should be a very serious investigation” she said, to determine whether, and how he may have died or genuinely disappeared.She said it was essential that the perpetrators be brought to justice. Urging the full lifting of diplomatic immunity for the truth to be established, she said that the joint investigation, had to succeed in uncovering the facts.“If it doesn’t work we might need another kind of investigation, but for now, we hope that it’s already been done, some of this, even though it’s 12 days later. His family and the world, deserves to know the truth,” said the High Commissioner.Read, hear and watch our first in-depth interview with the new High Commissioner, recorded at the end of September, by going here. read more

No 16 DePaul women use big 4th quarter to beat Princeton

CANCUN, Mexico — Mart’e Grays scored 23 points and Chante Stonewall had a double-double as No. 16 DePaul rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Princeton 82-67 in the Cancun Challenge on Thursday.Trailing most of the game but getting even after three quarters, DePaul (2-1) outscored the Tigers 24-9 in the final quarter that included 3-pointers by Grays, Stoneman, Sonya Morris and Rebekah Dahlman.Princeton (1-4) built a 15-point lead early in the second quarter before Grays scored five points to end the half to get DePaul within four. Two free throws by Kelly Campbell tied the game with five seconds left in the third quarter.Greys was 9 of 13 from the floor with three 3-pointers while Stonewall had 16 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Dahlman added 11 points with three 3-pointers.Carlie Littlefield, with three 3-pointers, and Sydney Boyer, with four treys, both scored 16 points to lead Princeton.The Associated Press read more