US says it negotiated $285 million cut in United Nations budgetworld Updated: Dec 26, 2017 22:32 IST
The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss imposing new sanctions on North Korea, in New York.(REUTERS)
The US government says it has negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget.
The US Mission to the United Nations said on Sunday that the UN’s 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions would also be made to the UN’s management and support functions.
The announcement didn’t make clear the entire amount of the budget or specify what effect the cut would have on the US contribution.
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known, and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.”
She also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to “look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency? while protecting our interests.”
First Published: Dec 26, 2017 16:20 IST