More Than One-Fifth of UN Budget
In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has US taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body's regular budget.
No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year UN budget of $5.4 billion.
The US has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for the next three years.
The US representative for UN management and reform, Joseph Torsella, expressed satisfaction that the US contribution had not been raised above that level...
Two months ago, when the General Assembly's budget committee was meeting on the issue, Torsella noted that since the last time the budget contribution formula was reviewed, "developing countries have continued their impressive economic growth."
"Countries whose economies have grown should welcome the opportunity to become a larger stakeholder in the work of the organization," he said.
Torsella also reminded that meeting that since the creation of the UN, a fundamental principle that has governed the budget contribution process has been "the avoidance of over-reliance upon any one contributor."
What constitutes "over-reliance" is not defined, however. Between them the US and Japan contribute one-third of the total budget – and roughly the same as the next seven countries combined.
The 193 UN member-states' contributions are assessed according to their relative "capacity to pay," based on population size and gross national income (converted to US dollars at market exchange rates). The ceiling is 22 percent while the bottom level is 0.001 percent, which over the next three years will apply to more than 30 of the world's poorest countries.
Whether a country contributes less than $25,000 a year towards the budget or more than $500 million – as the US does – it has the same voting privileges in the General Assembly.
Moreover, as Heritage Foundation scholar Brett Schaefer has pointed out, countries that together pay less than 1.3 percent of the total are able, under UN voting rules, to pass the budget over the objections of countries that contribute a combined 98 percent.
According to the resolution adopted on Monday, the biggest contributors after the US for the 2013-2015 period are Japan (10.83 percent), Germany (7.14 percent), France (5.59 percent), Britain (5.18 percent) and China (5.15 percent).
The next tier includes Italy (4.45 percent), Canada (2.98 percent), Spain (2.97 percent), Brazil (2.93 percent), Russia (2.44 percent) and Australia (2.07 percent). No other country pays as much as two percent, and most pay below one percent.
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Editor's Note: And the indigent countries that continue to vote whatever they please into the budget -- along with global Progressives who want to see the UN as a world government -- use their influence to not only bleed the United States dry, financially, but to usurp its model of liberty for all of humanity by advancing the false-freedom of "Democracy," which is tantamount to mob rule.
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