The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned member states Friday that the international agency was rapidly running out of money; urging multiple countries to step-up to the plate and shore-up the global body.
According to Fox News, the Secretary General sent a letter to staff members this week, saying the UN was in a “troubling financial situation” caused by “late payments” from the various countries.
“Our cash flow has never been this low so early in the calendar year, and the broader trend is also concerning; we are running out of cash sooner and staying in the red longer,” he said.
“Guterres went on to say that the organization will be taking measures to look at reducing costs, in a way that won’t affect their mission. He said he also will be proposing to states various steps to strengthen financial stability at the U.N.,” writes Fox News.
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AMERICA LEADS, WORLD FOLLOWS: Guatemala Moves Embassy to Jerusalem
Guatemala officially opened its new embassy in the heart of Jerusalem Wednesday, becoming the second nation to relocate its diplomatic mission to the holy city following the United States’ historic decision despite widespread global opposition.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was on hand to mark the opening ceremony, flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who hailed the move “as one of the first” alongside the United States.
“You were always among the first,” Netanyahu told the audience. “We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now.”
President Trump made history late last year when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; sparking outrage from the United Nations and other countries throughout the Middle East.
The UN recognizes Jerusalem as a “disputed international zone” and a possible capital for a future Palestinian state.
CYBER WAR: UK, US Accuse PUTIN of Launching Global Hacking Campaign
Officials from the United Kingdom and United States publicly accused the Russian government of coordinating a global cyber-attack Monday; saying Kremlin-backed hackers have “infected” computer systems around the world.
According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the NATO nations going back to 2016.
The hackers reportedly targeted key routers at integral infrastructure hot-spots throughout Europe and North America; specifically targeting government agencies, large corporations, financial institutions, and energy sectors.
“When we see malicious cyber activity, whether it be from the Kremlin or other malicious nation-state actors, we are going to push back,” said Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity coordinator.
The warning comes weeks after the Trump administration indicted 13 Russian nationals for “sowing disorder” throughout the 2016 race for the White House.