Skip to comments.U.S. Funding of the United Nations Reaches All-Time High
Posted on 06/16/2011 11:48:45 AM PDT by La Lydia
The source and amounts of all U.S. funding to the myriad number of organizations affiliated with the United Nations are difficult to track accurately. This difficulty prompted Congress to pass legislation requiring the Administration to report annually on U.S. contributions to the U.N. A recent report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on all U.S. funding to the U.N. system revealed that U.S. contributions to the U.N. system reached record levels in fiscal year (FY) 2009.
Considering budget trends, U.S. contributions will continue to rise. Having an accurate account of U.S. contributions to the U.N. is valuable, particularly considering recent revelations about institutional weaknesses in U.N. oversight. Congress should take action to make the current OMB reporting requirement permanent.
U.S. Funding of the U.N. System
The U.S. has been the largest financial supporter of the U.N. since the organizations founding in 1945. The U.S. is currently assessed 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget and more than 27 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. In dollar terms, the Administrations budget for FY 2011 requested $516.3 million for the U.N. regular budget and more than $2.182 billion for the peacekeeping budget.
However, the U.S. also provides assessed financial contributions to other U.N. organizations and voluntary contributions to many more U.N. organizations. According to OMB, total U.S. contributions to the U.N. system were more than $6.347 billion in FY 2009. This is more than $1 billion more than total contributions as compiled by OMB for FY 2005, and it is indicative of the rising budgetary trends in the U.N. and the consequential demand on U.S. financial support.
The reporting requirement was instigated by the expansion of the U.N. system. The creation of new U.N.-affiliated bodies over the years that received independent financial support from the U.S. government made it increasingly difficult to calculate how much the U.S. provided to the U.N. system on an annual basis. Past estimates were based on contributions from the State Department to the U.N. system, but this was not comprehensive. Although the State Department is the largest source of U.S. funding to the U.N. system, it is not the sole source....
n an effort to get an authoritative figure for total U.S. contributions to the U.N., Senator Tom Coburn (ROK) sent a letter in 2006 to former OMB director Rob Portman requesting a comprehensive report on total U.S. contributions to the U.N. system for fiscal years 20012005...
The results of the first report were eye-opening. The State Department inexactly estimated that the U.S. contributed well over $3 billion to the U.N. in 2004. In its 2006 report, OMB calculated that U.S. contributions to the entire U.N. system actually totaled $4.115 billion in 2004 and $5.327 billion in 2005. Thus, the State Department estimate for 2004 was only about 75 percent of the actual U.S. contribution for that year as calculated by OMB....
Can you say
S C A M ??
I’d vote for a rock....if the rock got us out of the U.N.
You hear this nonsense and you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Why should we be funding the OIC’s organization and their agenda?
Oh, let me see... Obama can use America to pull a little ie Libya, we can put more funds in so the UN can it pull a little, then let the MB in Egypt and north Africa pull a little....
“Although the State Department is the largest source of U.S. funding to the U.N. system, it is not the sole source....”
Right there’s a problem. Too many checkbooks out there with too many writers.
I mean of course besides the UN itself, which IMO we shouldn’t even participate.