UN agree on $7.3bn peacekeeping budget


The UN has agreed on 7.3 billion dollars to fund 13 peacekeeping missions and a logistics support office.

The 193-member UN budget committee, cut 600 million dollars from current costs and slicing 7.5 per cent off the U.S. bill following calls by President Donald Trump to slash funding.

Washington initially proposed a peacekeeping budget of 6.99 billion dollars for the year from July 1, 2017, which would have reduced its share of the bill by more than 10 per cent to 1.99 billion dollars .

Diplomats said the budget is due to be adopted by the UN General Assembly on Friday.

U.N. Council. Photo/Voanews

The U.S. initial peacekeeping budget proposal was the lowest made of all states and regional blocs and nearly
one billion dollars less than UN chief Antonio Guterres’ suggestion.

Trump has described U.S. funding for the UN as “peanuts” compared to its “important work,” he complains its share of the peacekeeping bill, currently 28.5 per cent, is “unfair.”

In his 2018 budget proposal he requested Congress approve only 1.2 billion dollars for UN peacekeeping.

The U. S. is also reviewing each of the UN peacekeeping missions as annual mandates come up for renewal by the Security Council in a bid to cut costs.

The United States is a veto-wielding member of the council, along with Britain, France, Russia and China.

Pres. Trump wants to enforce a 25 per cent cap on the U.S. contribution to UN peacekeeping.

The UN General Assembly is due to negotiate in 2018 new levels of contributions by countries for 2019, 2020 and 2021.

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