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UK urges UN to be efficient and transparent, “win our trust”... and funding

Thursday, September 21st 2017 - 06:59 UTC
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In order to secure the full £90m, UN agencies will need to show they are efficient and transparent. Mrs. May urged the international body to “win our trust”. In order to secure the full £90m, UN agencies will need to show they are efficient and transparent. Mrs. May urged the international body to “win our trust”.

Theresa May has warned the United Nations that Britain could withhold up to 30% of its £90m core funding each year unless the organization reforms. The PM told delegates at the UN general assembly there was a gap between “the nobility of its purposes and the effectiveness of its delivery”.

 In order to secure the full £90m, UN agencies will need to show they are efficient and transparent. Mrs. May urged the international body to “win our trust”.

And she warned of a “crisis of faith in multilateralism” if the UN is no longer able to meet the challenges of the age. Earlier this week, US president Donald Trump also threatened to withdraw funding from the UN unless it reformed.

The new UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, has promised reforms to make it “more agile, transparent and joined-up”.

Plans to make up to 30% of the UK's core funding conditional on making good on this pledge were first announced by International Development Secretary Priti Patel, who has also been at the UN Summit in New York.

Officials said it meant UN teams would have to co-operate more on the ground instead of setting up separate offices and operating independently of one another. They also say the UN should be more transparent in its expenditure and there should be less competition for funds between different agencies.

In her general assembly address, Mrs. May warned: “If this system we have created is found no longer to be capable of meeting the challenges of our time, then there will be a crisis of faith in multilateralism and global co-operation that will damage the interests of all our peoples.”

The BBC's Nick Bryant, in New York, said the funding would be withdrawn not from the UN as a whole, but from certain agencies that the UK thinks are underperforming.

So some, like Unicef and the World Food Programme are not under threat, but there are others - such as a UN development agency - that the UK does not like, he added.

In the rest of her speech, she also highlighted the importance of the Paris climate change agreement which Mr. Trump has threatened to pull out of.

Minutes later, she held a meeting with the president, who said he expected the US to do “a lot of trading with the UK”.

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  • Brit Bob

    Perhaps Mrs. May has the UN C24 Committee in mind?

    This committee is made up of member states such as China, Russia, Iran, Syria and Cuba and is supposed to help territories achieve their potential. The committee doesn't even live up to the UN 's own policies on decolonization.


    Falklands – UN C24 Committee:
    https://www.academia.edu/11274445/Falklands_-_UN_C24_Committee

    Sep 21st, 2017 - 09:16 am 0
  • Conqueror

    The UN rarely lives up to anything it's supposed to do. Go back to 1982. British territory invaded, British people enslaved. And all the UN could come up with was a “resolution”. Argieland is still making the same illegitimate “claims” as it did back then. It attacked another UN member. Why is it still a member? If the “claim” was its “casus belli” it means that the Falkland Islands could be attacked and invaded at any moment.

    And still the UN wanders around the world, pointing fingers and demanding that nations either give way over issues or spend more money. Sometimes both. But it never has to deal or live with the results.

    Sep 22nd, 2017 - 05:29 pm 0
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