United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced on Wednesday that America will no longer fund more than 25 percent of the organization’s peacekeeping operations and instead make it a more balanced effort from all the countries in the UN, reports The Blaze.
Haley told the Security Council, “Peacekeeping is a shared responsibility. All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up.”
Currently, the US is shouldering roughly 28.5 percent of the UN’s peacekeeping missions. The next-largest contributor is China, which pays 10 percent. The contribution from the US has already been reduced $570 million from last year, at the insistence of the Trump administration. When that cut was made in June, Haley announced, “We’re only getting started.”
In December, Haley’s team also negotiated a further $285 million cut from U.S. coffers to the UN’s operating budget. The ambassador at the time said in a statement, “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well-known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
She continued: “In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key US priorities throughout the world and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.”
The Trump administration, and Haley as an arm of the administration has not stopped their frustration with the UN, mostly over the governing body’s decision to oppose President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and their handling of finances.
Haley has also had her own choice words for the council, especially regarding their inaction with Syria’s eastern Ghouta region, where innocent citizens have faced devasting casualties from Bashar al-Assad’s regime and with Russia’s assistance from President Vladimir Putin.
Haley stated, “This is a travesty. This should be a day of shame for every member of this council, and it should be a lesson about what happens when we focus on fleeting displays of unity, instead of on what’s right,” and added, “History will not be kind when it judges the effectiveness of this council in relieving the suffering of the Syrian people.”
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock acknowledged the dire circumstances in Syria in the same meeting, saying “The last few months have been some of the worst yet for many civilians inside Syria.”