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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (DECEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) U.N. BUILDING GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (DECEMBER 12, 2019) (REUTERS) ELEVATOR OUT OF SERVICE VARIOUS OF SIGN ON ELEVATORS EXPLAINING THAT DUE TO LIQUIDITY CRISIS THIS LIFT HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE WOMEN WALKING ON ESCALATOR OUT OF SERVICE SIGN READING (English) "DUE TO SEVERE LIQUIDITY PROBLEM ON REGULAR BUDGET OPERATIONS, ESCALATORS ARE OUT OF USE" UNITED NATIONS GENEVA'S DIRECTOR OF CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT, CORINNE MOMAL-VANIAN WORKING AT HER DESK (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS GENEVA'S DIRECTOR OF CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT, CORINNE MOMAL-VANIAN, SAYING: "It is not a new situation, this is just, at the moment, we have a liquidity crisis, but it is not a new situation, the United Nations has been under pressure for many years to reduce its resources and yet to deliver more. So, at one point it becomes very difficult." ELEVATORS OUT OF SERVICE VARIOUS OF SIGN EXPLAINING THAT DUE TO LIQUIDITY CRISIS THE U.N. TOOK CASH PREVENTIONS MEASURES GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (DECEMBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NGO UNIVERSAL RIGHTS GROUP (URG), MARC LIMON WORKING ON BENCH (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NGO UNIVERSAL RIGHTS GROUP (URG), MARC LIMON, SAYING: "It absolutely has a negative impact, but there is also a certain amount of strategic game playing that goes on. As I said, it has always been obvious to the Secretary General or also the Director General, here in Geneva that the U.S. pays its dues in October, November. And so, this all thing of, you know, shutting down escalators and turning off the lights is I think to a degree, I mean clearly, there are financial pressure on the U.N., just like there are in any other organisation, however there is a certain bit of political messaging going on here, that you know, there will be consequences if countries don't pay their dues." SPHERE IN FRONT OF U.N. BUILDING DAMAGED PIECE OF SPHERE / WINDOWS OF U.N. BUILDING

Lights Out For Multilateralism? Alarm As U.n. Faces Cash Squeeze

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