UN to reduce peacekeeping budget

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 8.7.2017 09:17

The United Nations General Assembly voted on 30 June to cut the annual budget for peacekeeping missions. The 193-member world body agreed on $7.3 billion, which means a $570 million cut from the current budget of $7.87 billion.

The reduction has been a long-term goal of the Trump administration. US Ambassador Nikki Haley hailed the move as a success and stressed that this is only the beginning. Nevertheless, the US planned to cut it below $7 billion as Haley warned that anything obsolete and unnecessary is going to be scratched upon her arrival to he UN in January. The $7.3 billion agreement represents the original proposal of the EU, for which it is a satisfactory compromise. The UN currently holds 15 peacekeeping missions, with its Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) being successfully ending on 30 June. The latest cuts will impact mainly the operation in Sudan's Darfur region that will see a gradual reduction of troops. The UN promised to make every effort to ensure mandates are implemented, but the reduction of finance can potentially increase migration to Europe as the majority of missions are located in Africa. However, some missions have actually seen an increase in resources, including the one in Mali.

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