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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
1 November 2011

New York, 1 November 2011


Q: The US announced yesterday that it would stop a $60 million dollars payment to UNESCO. Are you concerned about similar reverberations throughout the UN system, that the US might de-fund other UN agencies?

SG: Yesterday, I expressed my position. As Secretary-General of the United Nations naturally you may understand that I am concerned about the viable financial situation of all the United Nations agencies and programmes, including UNESCO. I expect that practical measures will be taken by Member States. It is [up to] Member States to ensure that all the United Nations agencies receive political and financial support from the Member States. I have been discussing this matter with the Director General of UNESCO and also other key Member States, [on] how the UN can ensure viable financial and political support from the Member States. We will continue to discuss this matter.

Q: Will the United Nations itself compensate for the loss that is going to be suffered by the United States cutting off the funds? Can the United Nations as a whole help UNESCO with this loss that it is going to incur with the United States stopping the funding?

SG: I do not have much to add to what I have said today and yesterday. Since it happened yesterday, even though we knew that it might happen that way, but still this is something which happened yesterday. I need to discuss this matter with the Member States.

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