............................Herders water camels at one of the few remaining watering holes near Bandarero, Kenya. Photo: Rita Maingi/ OCHA.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
White House Budget Cuts UN Funding.
Today, the White House released a budget proposal that calls for crippling funding cuts that would undermine the United Nations’ ability to address the current refugee and humanitarian crises, help stabilize troubled regions through peacekeeping, and provide other forms of vital assistance.
If passed by the U.S. Congress, the UN and its lifesaving agencies could see massive cuts that would put lives at risk.
The proposed budget would jeopardize the UN’s most vital work to protect the world’s vulnerable during the worst refugee crisis in history and the worst humanitarian emergency in decades.
Such reductions run counter to the views of the majority of Americans, undermine universal values, and make the world less stable and secure.
Members of Congress will consider the President’s request over the next few weeks and release their own proposal. It’s ultimately up to Congress to determine how much they will allocate to the UN.