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UN Lifts Spending Cap, Postpones Reform Vote


The United Nations has lifted a $950 million spending cap on its budget, despite objections from some of the world body's biggest contributors.

The U.N. General Assembly voted late Friday to lift the spending cap. The United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada all voiced opposition to the move.

The United States, Japan, and the European Union are the U.N.'s biggest financial contributors. They had hoped to tie lifting the spending cap to a promise of management reform.

But developing countries that make up a majority of the 192-member General Assembly outvoted them. In the same session, the General Assembly voted to postpone reform decisions until next week.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, expressed disappointment. He told reporters there was not enough consensus on management reform.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.