The United Nations (U.N.) is a global organization that works to keep peace and promote humanitarian issues. The U.N., since it is not technically under a single country’s jurisdiction, is funded in part by each member. The funding is supposed to be based on the GDP, population, and annual income of each individual country. This means that the United States provides nearly 25% of the U.N.’s annual budget, equaling to about 8 million dollars. Additionally, the amount of decision-making power is often directly related to the financial contributions of the country. Recently, the U.N. has come under fire for failing to produce long-term peace in places like Africa and the Middle East and to meet all of their Millennium Development Goals. Even with the President Trump’s recent visit to the U.N. reignited a discussion that he started on his campaign: Is the United Nations a worthwhile financial investment for the United States?
Those in favor of supporting the U.N. financially believe that the U.S. backing of the organization is critical for it continue its mission of keeping peace, championing humanitarian issues throughout the world, fighting hunger, supporting a quality education and healthcare among the world’s poorest populations.
However, those against the United States’ continued financial support of the U.N. note the failed peacekeeping operations and inability to reach all of its Millennium Development Goals that were set in 2000 make the organization a bad investment.
What do you think, is the United Nations a worthwhile financial investment for the United States?