First thing Monday morning the President and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have a meeting that could change the shape of the UN.
On Monday morning President Trump will be speaking at a reform meeting and is asking member nations to agree on to UN reforms. As of now, 100 countries have signed on. The President is requesting the UN to cut spending and make other operational changes. Time Maginze reports:
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said Trump’s criticisms were accurate at the time, but that it is now a “new day” at the U.N. An organization that “talked a lot but didn’t have a lot of action” has given way to a “United Nations that’s action-oriented,” she said, noting the Security Council votes on North Korea this month.
Guterres has proposed a massive package of changes, and Haley said the U.N. is “totally moving toward reform.”
“We said that we needed to get value for our dollar and what we’re finding is the international community is right there with us in support of reform. So it is a new day at the U.N.,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” She said Trump’s pleas had been heard and “what we’ll do is see him respond to that.”
The United States is the largest contributor to the U.N. budget, reflecting its position as the world’s largest economy. It pays 25 percent of the U.N.’s regular operating budget and over 28 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget — a level of spending that Trump has complained is unfair.
“We need the member states to come together to eliminate inefficiency and bloat, and to ensure that no one nation shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden militarily or financially,” Trump told the security council ambassadors as they dined at the White House in April. “This is only fair to our taxpayers.”
The Trump administration is conducting a review of the U.N.’s 16 far-flung peacekeeping operations, which cost nearly $8 billion a year. Cutting their costs and making them more effective is a top priority for Haley.
Guterres has said he is totally committed to reforming the U.N. and making it more responsive to the needs of the 21st-century world. As for the peacekeeping budget, he said last week that his intention is to do everything possible to make the missions “the most effective” as well as “cost-effective.”
Do you think it’s time for the UN to be reformed? Should the US continue to pour money into the US? Or should other countries contribute more?