Better World Campaign and UNA-USA Warn Against Proposed Cuts to U.S. Funding for the United Nations

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U.S. Office of Management and Budget proposal released today “would severely jeopardize U.S. national security interests and compromise American leadership,” cautions Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo

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Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2017) — The Better World Campaign and the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) issued the following statement from Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo in response to the federal budget proposed today by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which would cut U.S. support for the United Nations by up to 60 percent.

“The Better World Campaign and UNA-USA believe the budget proposal released today by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, if approved by Congress, would severely jeopardize U.S. national security interests and compromise American leadership at the United Nations and around the world. The budget proposes steep cuts in UN funding at a time of increased challenges to global security and stability. Such reductions would obstruct President Trump’s policy priorities to make America stronger and safer, and cede ground to countries that do not share our interests and values.

“As President Trump said in his February 28 address to Congress, ‘Our foreign policy calls for direct, robust, and meaningful engagement with the world.’ There is no better place for such engagement than at the United Nations. When we pursue our interests through the UN, we share the weight of responding to global crises with other countries. By facilitating burden-sharing, the UN saves American taxpayers the billions of dollars required to solve these issues than if we were to tackle them on our own. The UN, by its very nature, requires other countries to stand up, not stand by. The proposed cuts would result in less burden-sharing and heighten demands for U.S. interventions across the globe. 

“For decades, such cuts have been rejected by both Republican and Democratic Administrations. We encourage Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to speak out about the risks these cuts would have for U.S. national security and to pass a budget that maintains America’s commitment to the United Nations.”

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About the Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.

About the United Nations Association of the United States of America

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a 50-state grassroots organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation.

Media Contact:
Andrea Risotto
arisotto@unfoundation.org
202-862-6319

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