Washington withholds UN funding after snub on Jerusalem
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”.