Antonio Guterres says he has been working to improve UN operations and cut costs [Carlo Allegri/Reuters]

The United Nations may not have enough money for staff salaries next month if member states do not pay what they owe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.

He told the 193-member UN General Assembly’s budget committee on Tuesday that if he had not worked since January to cut spending then “we would not have had the liquidity to support” the annual gathering of world leaders last month.

“This month, we will reach the deepest deficit of the decade. We risk … entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls,” said Guterres. “Our work and our reforms are at risk.”

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