The General Assembly has adopted a two-year budget of $5.16 billion to cover the United Nations' regular operations in 2010-2011.

The budget is $300 million higher than the revised budget for 2008-2009 of $4.86 billion, which was approved last December.

The U.N.'s regular budget is funded by the 192 member states based on their income.

The resolution adopted by the General Assembly by consensus Thursday maintains the current scale of assessments.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation to member states for approving the budget.

U.N. peacekeeping operations are funded separately.