Guterres raises alarm over UN cash crunch

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, greets schoolchildren before of a meet with Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado at the Presidential house in San Jose, Costa Rica July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday of a serious cash shortfall at the United Nations, telling staff in a message that cost-cutting measures are in store.

Guterres said the cash crunch was caused primarily by the failure of U.N. member states to pay their dues on time, adding that he had asked countries to quickly pay their share of the U.N. budget.