UN Secretary-General António Guterres has introduced a $3.3 billion program budget for the organization in 2024, addressing global challenges such as conflicts, human rights violations, inequalities, and climate disasters. The budget includes 10,334 posts, a net increase of 199, excluding special political missions. It focuses on resources required to implement new intergovernmental mandates and ensure predictable and sustainable funding for activities, mainly in counter terrorism and human rights. The budget proposes continued investments in sustainable development, strengthened multilingual programming, global outreach, and a more efficient workforce.
The budget also proposes a shift towards new skills, including data, innovation, digital, foresight, and behavioral science expertise, in line with the UN 2.0 vision. Guterres expressed concern over the deteriorating liquidity situation of the organization and urged countries to ensure timely and full payments. Temporary cash management measures have been implemented to align cash flows with reserves, but further measures might be necessary.
The Fifth Committee, the primary body on budget, will discuss the proposal with heads of UN Secretariat departments and senior program managers. The Committee will present its report with recommendations to the General Assembly plenary for approval of the UN budget by the end of December.