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Washington secures $285M cut in UN budget

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The US Mission to the United Nations announced Sunday that it negotiated a major reduction in the UN’s budget for the upcoming fiscal years, according to The Hill.

According to a statement from the mission, the 2018-2019 UN budget will have a $285 million reduction from the previous two years.

“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” the statement reads.

One of the Trump administration’s goals has been to reduce the amount of contributions that the US makes to the UN. 

The US currently provides for about 22 percent of the annual budget, or about $3.3 billion per year, according to PolitiFact.

The UN General Assembly previously approved a $5.4 billion operating budget for 2016 and 2017. The regular budget is separate from the body's budget for its sprawling peacekeeping operations, which totaled $7.8 billion for 2017 alone.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the budget cut announced Sunday is a “big step in the right direction” for the US, and that she will continue to pursue “ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests."

 

Last Modified: Monday، 25 December 2017 01:10 PM
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