President Donald Trump’s administration is finalizing orders to decrease the United States’ role in the United Nations, as well as cutting off funding for select international organizations.
The proposal recommends at least a 40-percent cut in funding to the United Nations, pending further changes to the document, according to VICE News.
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It is not yet clear, however, whether the proposal calls for a 40 percent funding decrease for multiple international programs overall, or whether this pertains to funding cuts for individual programs.
Certain parts of the order also prohibit funding to organizations affiliated with particular international interests, including the Palestinian Authority and any organization that supports abortion.
The proposal coincides with executive orders by the Trump Administration that will reportedly restrict immigration and refugee settlement.
If the funding cut comes to fruition, the United Nations will see reduced participation from its largest benefactor and one of its founding members.
The international organization currently receives billions of dollars in financial backing from the United States, much of which goes toward supporting refugees. In total, American funding accounts for approximately 25 percent of all contributions towards United Nations peacekeeping operations, according to The New York Times.
One of the executive orders within the Trump administration’s new proposal, called ”Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties,” mandates a review of any international treaties the United States is or could potentially become a part of, subject to withdrawal.
The review is aimed only at international agreements that are ”directly related to national security, extradition or international trade.”
The New York Times speculates that the Paris climate agreement may fall under the umbrella of agreements targeted by Trump’s new proposal.
An additional statement attached to the proposal names the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child as two specific treaties for review.
Sources: VICE News, The New York Times / Photo credit: sanjitbakshi/Flickr