The UN member states approved a USD 6.69 billion dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for the year 2018-19, besides agreeing to major management reforms, including the creation of two new departments focused on political and peacebuilding affairs.
The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the General Assembly recommended authorization of USD 6.69 billion to finance 13 peacekeeping missions from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. It is the second year in a row in which the committee has made significant cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget.
The Committee also approved significant management reforms — including the creation of two new departments focused on political and peacebuilding affairs and four stand-alone divisions for Africa — aimed at streamlining the Organisation’s operations.
Approving a draft resolution titled ‘Special subjects relating to the programme budget for the biennium 2018-2019’, the Committee asked the assembly to endorse the establishment of the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Department of Peace Operations.
The new UN peacekeeping budget is a responsible reduction in spending. The world needs a UN that is disciplined, efficient, accountable, and results-driven. With these reforms come opportunities to finally bring the UN into the 21st century, get rid of things that aren’t working, and help the UN work smarter.
The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations, paying 22 per cent of the USD 5.4 billion core budget and 28.5 per cent of the USD 7.9 billion peacekeeping budget.
China is the other top contributor with 10.3 per cent and Japan with 9.7 per cent. However, Haley had said that other countries need to “step up” and pay a bigger share, adding that Washington’s contribution will be capped at 25 per cent.