U.N. About Broke; Trump Refuses to Pay What U.S. Owes

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Yes, I will explain it to those of you in the dark. Somebody tweet Trump so he can get some education on the matter. Sorry I don't have any cartoon illustrations to keep him interested.

United Nations General Assembly 2019

Understanding the formula for determining UN assessment rates requires nothing more than high-school level math and a very basic understanding of global economics. In brief, the UN considers gross national income, population, and debt burden in determining the percentage of the total budget each member state must pay to fund general UN operations. That budget is known as the “regular budget.”


The formula for funding peacekeeping

The UN’s peacekeeping program (DPKO) is also funded through an assessed budget. It’s based on the equation for the regular budget (illustrated above), but there are a few key adjustments.

The permanent members of the Security Council—China, France, Russia, UK and US—are responsible for covering a higher share of the budget. Additionally, special consideration is given to reducing payments from countries that are in the midst of a crisis requiring peacekeeping operations.

Member states are assigned categories based on their per capita GNI. The lower a country’s per capita GNI, the greater discount the country receives on its share of the peacekeeping budget.

But is it fair?

The question of fairness can be approached by various perspectives, and a conclusion tends to depend on for whom? On one hand, the United States has the highest assessment rates, and thus it contributes the most in absolute dollars. On the other, the country doesn’t come out anywhere near the top by using other measures.

On a per-capita basis of total UN spending (which includes voluntary and assessed payments) the US places after many other nations, including all the nordic countries.


Comparing a country’s assessment rates to its share of the global income is another way to consider the fairness of payments. Most states—and especially rich nations—end up contributing more to the regular and peacekeeping budgets than their share of the global GNI. The United States and China are interesting exceptions.


The United States pays more than double what the next largest country pays into either budgets. It’s also the only country whose payment is capped by the ceiling in the regular-budget formula, so it’s getting a deal.


 
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Yes, I will explain it to those of you in the dark. Somebody tweet Trump so he can get some education on the matter. Sorry I don't have any cartoon illustrations to keep him interested.

United Nations General Assembly 2019

Understanding the formula for determining UN assessment rates requires nothing more than high-school level math and a very basic understanding of global economics. In brief, the UN considers gross national income, population, and debt burden in determining the percentage of the total budget each member state must pay to fund general UN operations. That budget is known as the “regular budget.”


The formula for funding peacekeeping

The UN’s peacekeeping program (DPKO) is also funded through an assessed budget. It’s based on the equation for the regular budget (illustrated above), but there are a few key adjustments.

The permanent members of the Security Council—China, France, Russia, UK and US—are responsible for covering a higher share of the budget. Additionally, special consideration is given to reducing payments from countries that are in the midst of a crisis requiring peacekeeping operations.

Member states are assigned categories based on their per capita GNI. The lower a country’s per capita GNI, the greater discount the country receives on its share of the peacekeeping budget.

But is it fair?

The question of fairness can be approached by various perspectives, and a conclusion tends to depend on for whom? On one hand, the United States has the highest assessment rates, and thus it contributes the most in absolute dollars. On the other, the country doesn’t come out anywhere near the top by using other measures.

On a per-capita basis of total UN spending (which includes voluntary and assessed payments) the US places after many other nations, including all the nordic countries.


Comparing a country’s assessment rates to its share of the global income is another way to consider the fairness of payments. Most states—and especially rich nations—end up contributing more to the regular and peacekeeping budgets than their share of the global GNI. The United States and China are interesting exceptions.


The United States pays more than double what the next largest country pays into either budgets. It’s also the only country whose payment is capped by the ceiling in the regular-budget formula, so it’s getting a deal.


The UN is useless and probably cooks the books to make us pay more. What does Russia and China pay
 
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And it does nothing in todays world which is sad
That's like saying the polio vaccine doesn't do anything now because there haven't been cases of it in the US for over 20 years.
The best way to keep the United States polio-free is to maintain high immunity (protection) in the population against polio through vaccination.

Wars are pretty much the same shit, you have to stop it from spreading to the homeland and if that means keeping the UN then you keep it.
 
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The UN is useless and probably cooks the books to make us pay more. What does Russia and China pay
The UN is a flawed concept. It gives authoritarian states equal power when considering events on the world stage and does nothing to prevent them from acting on their own (just ask the Ukraine about that). It's useless and a waste of money.

We should have pulled out of it long ago and started structuring a new world body comprised of democratic countries.
 
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That's like saying the polio vaccine doesn't do anything now because there haven't been cases of it in the US for over 20 years.
The best way to keep the United States polio-free is to maintain high immunity (protection) in the population against polio through vaccination.

Wars are pretty much the same shit, you have to stop it from spreading to the homeland and if that means keeping the UN then you keep it.
Wow now there is a rational response comparing a polio vaccine to the UN