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No stone left unturned to ensure budget benefits the world community: UN official

The United Nations General Assembly on Sunday approved a $5.4 billion budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019.

The programme budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including, political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and public information, among others.

Johannes Huisman, the Director of Programme Planning and Budget Division at the UN, spoke to Ben Malor on the key features.

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No “surrender of dignity” to receive development assistance

Countries in Asia wanting to implement new development goals do not have to surrender their dignity by receiving financial assistance, according to a senior official of the Philippines government.

The international community is currently working on new targets called the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which are due to be adopted at the UN in September.

Florencio Barsana Abad is the Budget and Management Secretary for the Philippines Government.