Trump ‘weighs drastic cuts to global body funding’

AFP-Jiji UNITED NATIONS (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. President Donald Trump is considering drastic funding cuts to international organizations and a review of treaties that could lead to a U.S. withdrawal, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The new administration is preparing two executive orders, drafts of which were obtained by the newspaper, that could deprive the United Nations and other organizations of billions of dollars.

The first draft order calls for scrapping all funding to any U.N. agency or international body that gives full membership to the Palestinians, or supports programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea.

It would also terminate funding to organizations that are “controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism,” or are blamed for systematic violations of human rights.

The order calls for an overall decrease of at least 40 percent in all other U.S. funding to international organizations and sets up a committee to look specifically at U.S. financial contributions for U.N. peacekeeping operations.

The United States is by far the United Nations’ biggest financial contributor, providing 22 percent of its operating budget and funding 28 percent of peacekeeping missions, which currently cost $7.8 billion annually. A U.S. funding cut to peacekeeping would deal a severe blow to the 16 peace missions worldwide, most of which are in Africa.


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