UN budget boost for Africa missions


A top UN official revealed last week the world body’s intention to boost its missions in Africa and beyond as a result of an unexpected increase in its budget for this year.

According to a UN news report, the $5.16 billion budget for the 2010-2011 period approved by the General Assembly last month will allow for the creation of new offices and posts for the United Nations.

Among the beneficiary countries are Angola, where a new UN information centre will be set up in the capital, Luanda, and Kenya, where new posts will be created in an effort to boost the output of an already established UN mission in its Nairobi offices.

The 2010-2011 budget which was approved last December 24 is said to be $60 million greater than the amount proposed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Under-Secretary-General for Management Angela Kane said.

Source: www.africanews.com