The UN General Assembly has approved a budget of $7.3 billion for peacekeeping missions for the coming year. This, in turn, is $570 million less than last year. The United States said it wants even more cuts. In general, the funds will be spent on 14 peacekeeping missions. Financing in the amount of $6.8 billion has already been approved, allocation of another $500 million must be approved in December this year. The reductions affected, above all, the “blue helmets” operations in the Republic of Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Darfur region of western Sudan. The United States, which makes the largest contribution to the budget of the UN peacekeeping missions, insisted on a significant reduction in the financing of peacekeeping operations, in particular, by $1 billion. Commenting on the decision of the General Assembly, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the World Organization Nikki Hayli stated that it was “just the beginning.” At the same time, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on the contrary, spoke in favor of increasing the peacekeeping budget to $7.97 billion.
So, what do you think about cutting the UN budget for peacekeeping missions?