The U.S. Mission to the United Nations announced Sunday that it negotiated a major reduction in the U.N.’s budget for the upcoming fiscal years.
According to a statement from the mission, the 2018-2019 U.N. budget will have a $285 million reduction from the previous two years.The United States is by far the largest contributor to the UN budget, providing for 22 percent of the core budget.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that “inefficiency and overspending” at the world body were “well known.” Haley added that the “historic reduction” in spending is a step in the right direction and that the US would make many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN.
“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” she said.
“This historic reduction in spending — in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable U.N. — is a big step in the right direction.”
“While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency while protecting our interests,” she added.
“The United States 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,” Haley told member nations ahead of their vote.
The UN’s operating budget is separate from its peacekeeping budget, which was cut by $600 million this year under pressure from the Trump administration.Last week, Trump threatened to cut funding to UN member countries that supported a General Assembly resolution rejecting his Jerusalem recognition.Out of the 193-member General Assembly, 128 countries voted in favor of declaring Trump’s recognition of the city as the Jewish state’s capital “null and void.”
Conservatives have long criticized the U.N. as not being in the U.S.’s interests, and many have amplified their concerns after the global body overwhelmingly voted for a resolution last week to oppose President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump suggested earlier this month that the U.S. may cut off foreign aid to nations who voted for the U.N. resolution, and Haley said that the U.S. would be “taking names.”