“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley in a public statement regarding the negotiation.
On Sunday night, the United Nations accepted a reduction of $285 million dollars over a two-year operating budget, a negotiation that Nikki Haley, current U.S. Ambassador to the UN, told the press is “a big step in the right direction.” The reduction is around 5.3 percent for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 combined.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in the release, adding,
“”We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. 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 UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres set a U.N. biennial budget at $5.396 billion in October, telling the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee,
“In taking the oath of office last December, I promised to work with the Member States to reform the UN thoroughly and continuously. Reform is for the people we serve and, indeed, for everyone who serves under the UN flag or is part of the enterprise of building a better world for all.”
He said the United Nations was looking to “remove duplication, reduce fragmentation and streamline procedure,”
It was only last Thursday that Haley threatened a cut-off of financial aid to countries that voted in favor of a U.N. resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s decision goes against a U.N. agreement previously voted on by Congress that Jerusalem would note be named capital until a peace resolution had passed between Palestine and Israel.
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” said Haley of the vote against Trump’s decision. “And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
The United States pays 22 percent of the organization’s annual budget, the largest of any sole contributor to the United Nations. However, the regular budget doesn’t include the U.N.’s peacekeeping operations of $8.27 billion for the year ending June 30, 2016.