Transforming the United Nations: countering the US budget-cut threats

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The White House Budget proposal for 2018, if approved, could lead to a drastic cut in US funding of UN activities in the coming years. Since the US is the largest contributor to the regular budget, peacekeeping operations, agencies and programmes, its decision could have major implications on the organisation’s workings. Besides well-founded queries about what the US actually stands to gain by such a move, the scenario highlights the negative effects of the UN’s economic dependence on a single state. It also shows the need to transform the UN into a more independent and balanced organisation through the reinvigorated role of other powers, such as the EU. Several EU members, including Spain, are major financial contributors to the UN and have a strong interest in bringing about reform.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalAnalysis of the Elcano Royal Institute
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 7

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Law

Free keywords

  • Public international law
  • Budget
  • US foreign policy
  • United Nations


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