(CitizensOutpost) The State Department has been ordered to find ways to cut U.N. funding of programs in excess of an unprecedented 50%. This marks a new trend of nationalism coming from the Trump Administration in which international efforts will be put on the back burner as focus gets put on America’s policies and infrastructure.
the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign assistance programs, including the U.N., in next year’s budget. The United States spends about $10 billion a year on the United Nations.
Cuts are expected to roll out in phases and Rex Tillerson has been given the authority to decide how the cuts will be allotted. The brunt of the cuts will affect programs like peacekeeping, UNICEF, and the U.N. Development Program, which are all funded from the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said cuts of this magnitude would create “chaos.”
These budget cut plans have been met with opposition from both Democrats and Republicans alike, but there may be some room for common ground in withdrawing funding from U.N. missions that have been either unsuccessful or close enough to completion. The more controversial areas of budget cuts will be more closely aligned with voluntary funds to humanitarian agencies.