The United Nations might be unable to cover staff salaries next month as it deals with its greatest funding deficit in a decade, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this week.
That deficit is due in large part to the U.S. owing the international body $1 billion in member fees, according to Business Insider.
In a speech on Tuesday, Guterres said the UN is "facing a severe financial crisis,” adding that "This month, we will reach the deepest deficit of the decade.”
He continued: "We risk exhausting the closed peacekeeping cash reserves, and entering November without enough cash to cover payrolls."
Business Insider said that 64 of the 193 member countries currently owe money to the UN, and the U.S. is the worst offender, owing $674 million to the budget for this year as well as money still owed from last year.
In total, the U.S. owes the UN about $1 billion.
"The Secretariat could face a default on salaries and payments for goods and services by the end of November unless more Member States pay their budget dues in full," Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres' spokesman told CNN.
In 2017, the U.S. negotiated a reduced payment to the UN, shaving about $285 million from its contribution to the UN's $5.5 billion budget.
The U.S. is the body’s largest contributor, expecting to shell out about 22 percent of the UN’s total budget, Business Insider said.