The U.S. government decided to reduce its contribution to the United Nations budget, next financial year theUS support to the UN will be cut on $285m following its vote against Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital, said Nicky Hailey.
The United Nations depends on the financial commitments of every state member, and the United States’ one is one of the biggest. On Monday, US Ambassador to the UN announced a significant cut in the United Nations 2018-2019 budget. The reason was not only a UN vote against Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital but ‘inefficiency and overspending’ of the organization’s funds, said Mrs Hayley.
The US envoy stressed she would not let ‘the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of’ it, but there is still no accurate figure of the US contribution to UN 2018/2019 FY. Nicky Hailey also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to ‘look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency… while protecting our interests.’
The requested budget cuts come off the heels of the UN General Assembly voting to reject the Trump administration recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital earlier this month.
After announcing his decision on December 6, Trump signed a six-month waiver that delays the relocation of the American embassy currently in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US envoy has reminded the member nations ahead of their vote that her country will remember this day in which it was ‘singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.’
It is worth to note that inefficiency and overspending of the UN budget is a very actual problem, and the United States is not the first member state who raises this financial question. Many other countries believe that the organization became over-bureaucratised and inefficient recent decades.