UN chief asks top managers for 3 percent cuts

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Posted: Mar 09, 2011 2:11 PM
UN chief asks top managers for 3 percent cuts

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking his senior managers to help trim the world body's next spending plan by 3 percent.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said Wednesday that Ban hopes his top executives will find ways to "do more with less" as they examine the current $5.5 billion two-year budget for possible cuts while preparing spending proposals for 2012 and 2013.

The calls for U.N. cost-cutting come as some Republican members in Congress step up complaints about the United Nations as a bloated bureaucracy.

The House of Representatives earlier this year rejected a Republican-led effort to force the United Nations to give the United States back $179 million it made in overpayments as a member of the world body.

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