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UN Guterres Orders 10% Cuts As Downplayed Shortfall and US 70% Role As Bans Inner City Press

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive III, Patreon

UNITED NATIONS, September 16 – The UN on July 26 misleadingly put the amount it is owed for its regular budget at $810 million. The real number for “Outstanding Regular Budget” in the UN's internal Status of Contributions website, as of July 26, is $1,286,496,899.22, Inner City Press can exclusively report. See Status of Contributions printout, first exclusive, here on Scribd; if any problem, here via Patreon.

  Now, still banned from the UN by Secretary General Antonio Guterres since July 3 but not reversed by any member state (Guterres' UN is telling people it is supported in its censorship by the US mission of Nikki Haley, of the $58,000 a month apartment), Inner City Press has obtained from multiple member state sources an internal UN document from Guterres' head of Management Jan Beagle, dated September 14, demanding cuts of 10%. From the memo: "SUBJECT: Measures to address the financial situation
1. On 25 July 2018, the Secretary-General informed all staff and Member States about the troubling financial situation facing the United Nations regular budget and the need to take measures to reduce expenses during the rest of 2018, with a focus on non-staff costs.
2. While we have received payments from some Member States following the Secretary General's letter, a serious cash flow problem remains. The Secretary-General has therefore decided to implement a 10% reduction on unspent balances in non-staff costs in the regular budget, across the Secretariat, with additional targeted reductions for some activities.
3. The Office of Program Planning, Budget and Accounts will provide you with the details of the reductions for your Department/Office. You will have discretion as to how the reductions are implemented, taking into consideration your operational needs.
4. We understand that these reductions will not be easy to implement, but they are necessary due to the current cash flow situation. The cash situation will be monitored regularly with a view to releasing funds if the liquidity situation improves sufficiently.
5. We count on your cooperation. If you have any questions on implementation, please contact the Controller.
cc: Ms. Maria Luiza Viotti." We'll have more on this.

Back in July, before learning Guterres' UN is bragging that Nikki Haley supports banning Inner City Press, it obtained documents showing the United States role in the shortfall, diplomatically underplayed by the vacationing censor Guterres. This Status of Contributions document about the United States shows that of the actual
$1,286,496,899.22 UN regular budget shortfall, $938,376,277.47 is the US: that is, 72.9% of the shortfall is the US. Second exclusive here, on Patreon here. (That there are reasons not to pay the UN, such as peacekeepers' rapes and physical censorship and banning of the Press, is also clear).

 Even of Guterres' spokesman Dujarric artifically limited deficit figure of $810 million - Dujarric disingenuously spoke only of 2018, without including the ongoing 2017 shortfall - the US makes up 73.01% of it, with $591,388,114 of the $810 million. As reflected by the leaked Status of Contributions document exclusively obtained by Inner City Press, the US' total contribution payable are over $3 billion.

   Inner City Press was banned from the July 26 UN noon briefing where Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric made this claim, and so could not ask questions. It submitted five questions, only one of which was partially answered. (Dujarric, answering another journalist's questions about why Inner City Press is banned and who made the decision said the "investigation" is only by Alison Smale's Department of Public Information, such that UN Security's assault on Inner City Press is NOT part of the UN's investigation. This is a cover up, for UN corruption.)

  Inner City Press has been banned from the UN since July 3, when while it was covering the UN Budget Committee meeting as it has for years its reporter was roughed up by UN Security Lieutenant Ronald E. Dobbins and another officer the UN still refuses to name.

   In front of UN Department of Management official Christian Saunders (previously embroiled in a UN procurement scandal) Inner City Press' reporter was physically removed from the UN. After filing a New York City Police Department criminal report on July 4, Inner City Press was blocked by UN Security from entering the building on July 5, and has been banned for 23 days since.

   Guterres, who was informed on June 25 that Lt Dobbins was targeting Inner City Press which has published a similarly leaked UN document calling into question his and others' promotions in UN Security, refused on July 20 to answer why Inner City Press is banned, and set off on a two week vacation, location undisclosed. (Tellingly, insiders quoting Guterres' letter but not the actual numbers did not mention he is on vacation.) Guterres declined to speak to the Frontline documentary on UN peacekeepers' rapes that aired on July 24.

Exclusive: UN Claims It's Owed $810M But Real Number Is 1,286 Billion Inner City Press Learns While Banned by Matthew Russell Lee on Scribd

  On July 13 as Inner City Press worked outside the UN on the bus stop bench on 45th Street and First Avenue in front of the UN Delegates Entrance it was informed by a source that “the US has stopped paying its dues and Guterres is asking for 5% cut all around” Being banned from the building Inner City Press has been trying to confirm and expand on this, being told by another source that “I have heard that there are important Member States that have delayed payments (US, Japan, Brazil, Mexico for instance) and that evidently do create a cash challenge.” We'll have more on this - and on Guterres' ongoing censorship.


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