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bulk of the organization’s financial support. Anexample of how this dynamic can work happenedin 2007, when the U.N. member states approvedthe organization’s regular budget over the objectionof the U.S.
If the U.N. is to be a more effective, efficient, andaccountable body, budgetary decision-making mustbe linked to financial responsibilities, because themember states that pay the most have the mostinterest in seeing that U.N. funds are used effec-tively. This can be done by weighting votes on bud-getary decisions to give major contributorsincreased influence, shifting funding for activitiescurrently funded under the assessed U.N. regularand peacekeeping budgets toward voluntary fund-ing, or spreading the financial burden across U.N.membership more evenly.
Congress should with-hold U.S. contributions to the U.N. until changesare made to address the disparity between contribu-tions and influence in U.N. budgetary decisions.
Insist on a Zero Nominal Growth U.N. Budget.
The U.N. regular budget has more than doubledsince 2000. Despite a significant increase in theproposed two-year budget for 2010 and 2011, theObama Administration did not even demand a voteon the budget in December 2009. Already, the U.N.Secretary-General is projecting an increase in the2012–2013 biennial budget of more than $300million. Absent Administration leadership, it is up toCongress to impose budgetary restraint on the U.N.The U.S. zero growth policy for the U.N. budgethelped to constrain growth in the late 1980s and1990s. Congress should endorse a zero nominalgrowth policy for the U.N. budget based on its2010 assessment (the first year of the current bien-nium), establish that as the dollar cap that the U.S.will pay for assessed contributions to the U.N. reg-ular budget for future years, and instruct the Administration to use its “voice and vote” tooppose any increase in overall resources and staff for the U.N. regular budget.
Increase Competition for Voluntary Funding.
ThePresident’s National Commission on Fiscal Respon-
1.U.S. Department of State,
Congressional Budget Justification, Volume 1: Department of State Operations, Fiscal Year 2011
, pp.544, 665, at
(November 17, 2010).2.See Brett D. Schaefer, “U.S. Funding of the United Nations Reaches All-Time High,” Heritage Foundation
No. 2981, August 13, 2010, at
3.Robert Portman, “Report on US Contributions to the United Nations System,” Office of Management and Budget, July 31,2006, at
(November18, 2010).4.For examples, see Brett D. Schaefer, “Who Leads the United Nations?” Heritage Foundation
No. 1054,December 4, 2007, at
; Brett D. Schaefer, “TheDemise of the U.N. Procurement Task Force Threatens Oversight at the U.N.,” Heritage Foundation
No. 2272,February 5, 2009, at
; Brett D. Schaefer, “Congress Should Withhold Funding for Spendthrift U.N.,” HeritageFoundation
No. 1786, January 29, 2008, at
5.See Brett D. Schaefer, “A Progress Report on U.N. Reform,” Heritage Foundation
No. 1937, May 19, 2006, at
6.See Brett D. Schaefer and Anthony B. Kim, “U.S. Foreign Aid Recipients and Voting at the United Nations,” HeritageFoundation
No. 2395, April 6, 2010, at
7.See Schaefer, “Congress Should Withhold Funding for Spendthrift U.N.”8.See Brett D. Schaefer, “The U.S. Should Push for Adjustment in U.N. Dues,” Heritage Foundation
No. 2735,December 15, 2009, at
9.See Brett D. Schaefer, “Time to Rein in the U.N.’s Budget,” Heritage Foundation
No. 2368, February 3, 2010,at