Don't Forfeit American Leadership at the UN
As the U.S. is the UN's largest contributor, Congressional funding shortfalls will significantly impact the UN's ability to carry out its operations. At a time when the United States and United Nations are working together to address some of the world's most pressing challengesâ€”from the humanitarian needs of survivors of devastating earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, to political crises and violence in Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Afghanistanâ€”it is more important than ever that America maintain its longstanding commitment to global leadership and engagement by continuing to fully fund the UN.
- Assessed contributions are vital as they are the primary source of reliable funding for core UN activities such as peacekeeping
- In order to continue to effectively use our influence at the UN and press for greater accountability, we must remain a strong leader at the table
- Cutting UN funding undermines U.S. national security by jeopardizing UN programs that serve critical U.S. interests and severely erodes U.S. legitimacy and respect abroad
- Failing to meet our obligations will diminish our ability to leverage the UN in support of vital U.S. interests