The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today began examining the United Nations’ programme planning, a critical process in the Organization’s regular budget formulation, while approving a recommendation that five Member States in arrears on dues payment be allowed to vote in the General Assembly.
A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.
The UN refugee agency is helping survivors of two incidents over the weekend involving boats carrying refugees and migrants between Turkey and Greece that left some 40 people dead or missing. Europe has seen more than 442,400 arrivals by sea so far this year – 82 per cent from the top 10 refugee-producing countries, led by Syria.
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The world will mark the International Day of Peace on Monday, 21 September. In his annual message, the Secretary-General calls upon all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. “Stop the killings and the destruction and create space for lasting peace,” he said.
The Secretary-General laid a wreath today in memory of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 54 years ago. Speaking at the ceremony, he said that the Organization remains inspired every day by Mr. Hammarskjöld’s integrity, intelligence and idealism.
Following the decision by President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala to resign, the Secretary-General trusts that the authorities will abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition. He appeals to the authorities and all sectors of society to work to strengthen institutions and the rule of law.