The U.S. delegation to the UN has announced a $285 million funding reduction for the world governing body’s operating budget in the 2018–’19 fiscal year.
Referring to the UN’s budget as “bloated” and describing its spending habits as inefficient, a statement released Sunday by U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, read:
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction.”
The move follows a contentious UN resolution vote on Thursday, Dec. 21, upbraiding the U.S. for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv. The resolution passed 128–9.
Haley also mentioned the U.S. would continue to analyze areas in which UN efficiency could be increased while guarding American interests. According to a CNN source, the UN budget deal with America includes reductions for “bloated management and support functions and rationalizing services,” in Haiti and Darfur, but initiates political-related funding in a handful of countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Colombia, as well as a special mission in Myanmar.
Applying a calculation based on the size of the its economy, the U.S. contributes approximately 22 percent of the UN’s annual budget — $1.2 billion over a two-year period. Using the same calculations, the UN relies on the U.S. to pay for 28 percent of its global peacekeeping budget, making it the most generous contributor to the organization, with a total outlay of $2.2 billion.
The UN’s current two-year regular budget exceeds $5 billion.
Editor’s note: This article was corrected @ 1:15 p.m. EST
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