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UN compensation costs soar by $1 billion

The business of ending wars, keeping the peace and solving hunger and poverty apparently has its privileges, at least when it come to pay. A new GAO report finds that the compensation costs for United Nations personnel have soared by $1 billion annually over the last decade, prompting the investigative arm of Congress to press the UN to find more cost savings or less generous pay packages. According to GAO's analysis, UN staff-related expenditures rose steadily from $1.95 billion in 2002-2003 to $2.98 billion in 2010-2011, at an average rate of about 7 percent per 2-year budget. (01:02)