The US will no longer shoulder more than 25% of the multibillion-dollar costs of the UN’s peacekeeping operations, Nikki Haley said. “Peacekeeping is a shared responsibility…all of us must step up.”
The United States will no longer shoulder more than a quarter of the multibillion-dollar costs of the United Nations‘ peacekeeping operations, Washington’s envoy said Wednesday.
The U.S. is the biggest contributor, assessed about 28.5 percent of this year’s $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget.
Citing a 25 percent cap in a U.S. law, Haley said it will be the limit “moving forward.” The U.S. Mission to the U.N. later said her remarks apply to the current peacekeeping budget year.
The second-largest contributor, China, is assessed a bit over 10 percent.
The U.N. now runs 15 peacekeeping missions worldwide. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has complained before about the cost and pressed to cut this year’s budget. It is $570 million below last year’s, a smaller decrease than the U.S. wanted.
“We’re only getting started,” Haley said when the cut was approved in June. It followed a $400 million trim the prior year, before Trump’s administration.