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Pakistan armed forces extends best wishes on UN Day

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan armed forces has extended its best wishes to the United Nation on the 73rd UN Day which is being observed today, said a statement from the Inter Services Public Relations. Pakistan has contributed over 200,000 troops to 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. Around 156 peace keepers from Pakistan have also sacrificed their lives for global peace. "Pakistan Armed Forces extend best wishes to UN on its 73rd UN Day. Pakistan to date has contributed over 200000 troops in 46 UN Missions in 28 countries. We…

UN agrees peacekeeping budget of $6.7 billion: sources

UN member countries on Sunday agreed to a peacekeeping budget of just under $6.7 billion, according to diplomatic sources. Two sources confirmed to AFP an agreement had been reached for $6.689 billion, about $122 million less than what had been recommended by a panel of experts. It is also about $600 million less than last year's final figure of $7.3 billion. Last year's budget was initially set at $6.8 billion but was boosted in December by an additional $500 million for missions in Haiti and Sudan's Darfur. The…

UN budget cuts will adversely affect peacekeeping missions: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan has told the 15-member United Nations Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the council’s decisions on peacekeeping. Participating in the debate on UN Peacekeeping operations, Pakistan’s Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that sustaining peace requires investing in peace. "Saving lives, restoring order and the maintenance of international peace and security should remain the overarching objective." Lodhi emphasised the need for adequate resources to…

UN approves $600 mn budget cut to peacekeeping

NEW YORK: The United Nations on Friday approved a nearly $600 million cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States to reduce funding to the world body. The General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total $7.3 billion, down from the current $7.87 billion spent on peace missions worldwide. UN member-states agreed to $6.8 billion to finance 14 missions, but an additional $500 million earmarked for peacekeeping in Haiti and in Sudan's Darfur region will get final…

Under US pressure, UN agrees deep cuts to peacekeeping

NEW YORK: A tentative deal to cut nearly $600 million from the UN peacekeeping budget was reached on Wednesday, capping weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp reduction in costs, UN diplomats said. Under the deal agreed by a budget committee of the General Assembly, the United Nations will spend $7.3 billion on peacekeeping in the coming year, down from the current $7.87 billion -- roughly a seven percent cut -- according to diplomats familiar with the negotiations. The United States, the biggest…

US envoy eyes cuts to UN peacekeeping

NEW YORK: Washington's new UN envoy Nikki Haley is putting in motion a far-reaching review of UN peacekeeping that is likely to lead to closures and downsizing of missions, according to diplomats. Haley took up her post with a vow to overhaul the United Nations and "do away" with what she termed as "obsolete" activities amid fresh clamor in Washington over US funding for the world body. During one-on-one meetings with Security Council ambassadors this week, the new US envoy raised peacekeeping as a priority for cuts,…