Wash­ing­ton with­holds UN fund­ing after snub on Jerusalem

The Guardian Weekly - - International news - Ed­ward Hel­more New York

The US has an­nounced sig­nif­i­cant cuts in UN fund­ing for 2018-19 in what will be in­ter­preted as a fur­ther at­tempt by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to bend in­ter­na­tional de­ci­sion-mak­ing to its will.

This year’s con­tri­bu­tion will be slashed by more than $285m. “We will no longer let the gen­eros­ity of the Amer­i­can peo­ple be taken ad­van­tage of,” the US am­bas­sador to the UN, Nikki Ha­ley, said.

Un­der the UN char­ter, the US is re­spon­si­ble for 22% of the an­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get, or around $1.2bn in 2017-18, and 28.5% of the cost of peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, es­ti­mated at $6.8bn. The tim­ing sends a clear mes­sage. Last month, the gen­eral as­sem­bly voted 128-9 in favour of a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the US recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael.

After the vote, Ha­ley re­minded the as­sem­bly that the US would re­mem­ber the vote “when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest con­tri­bu­tion to the UN, and we will re­mem­ber it when coun­tries come call­ing on us to use our in­flu­ence for their ben­e­fit”.

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