Friday, 26 November 2010

Austria cut aid to U.N. - Stelzer's job on the line

As reported from APA News Service - Austria is getting ready to cut its aid to U.N.

Who needs thomas Stelzer any more ?


Austria to cut UN contributions

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23 November 2010


APA News Service

Brussels/Vienna - Austria was planning to cut some of its UN contributions, the weekly magazine Profil reported in its latest edition on Monday.

On the sidelines of an EU meeting in Brussels, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said that there will be cuts of voluntary contributions to international organisations.

But he added that it was not yet decided for which organizations or to which extent the contributions would be cut.

Profil reported that numerous UN organizations would be hit by the savings - among them the UN Development Fund for women UNIFEM, the Institute for Training and Research, the Reliefs and Work Agency UNRWA, the Population Fund UNFPA and the Fund for Industrial Development UNIDF.

According to the Profil-report, monies will no longer be allocated that would become available through expiring UN Peace Missions.

Spindelegger did not confirm the information published by Profil. He pointed out that no decisions on these savings have yet been made and that this would not happen before a budget has been set, the conservative People's Party (VP) minister said.

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