Now the UN Secretary General is begging for money. Perhaps he should hit up all the other United Nations member states that regularly fall short on their required annual financial contributions, figuring that the United States will be there to take up the slack.
United Nations is running a deficit of $230 million, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday, and may run out of money by the end of October unless world governments immediately meet their financial obligations.
The United States is by far the U.N.’s
biggest financial contributor, providing 22 percent of its operating
budget and funding 28 percent of peacekeeping missions, which currently
cost $8 billion annually.
In a letter intended for the 37,000
employees at the U.N. secretariat and obtained by AFP, Guterres said
unspecified, “additional stop-gap measures” would have to be taken to
ensure salaries and entitilements are met.
These might include holding fewer (unnecessary) meetings and cutting back on (unnecessary) travel and associated entitlements.
“Member States have paid only 70 per
cent of the total amount needed for our regular budget operations in
2019. This translates into a cash shortage of $230 million at the end of
September. We run the risk of depleting our backup liquidity reserves
by the end of the month,” he wrote.
Donald Trump has long pushed for reform of the U.N. and just last week warned the “future does not belong to globalists” in a warning to the organization’s leaders.
In December 2017 Nikki Haley, the then
United States Ambassador to the organization, announced the federal
government had reduced its contribution to the U.N.’s annual budget by
$285 million, as Breitbart News reported.
Haley’s statement came after the U.N. voted to condemn the
United States for President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize
Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution, backed by nations
with long records of extreme human rights abuses, passed 128-9. Haley immediately responded by threatening to reduce America’s U.N. funding.
“We will remember it when we are
called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the
United Nations and we will remember it 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.”