Should the United States be in the United Nations?.
This essay will focus primarily on the justification of the United States to withdraw from the United Nations Charter due to financial reasoning. The first thing this essay will review is the position that the United States is currently in financially with the United Nations. After the status quo is established the next observation will focus on the financial obligations of all countries within the United Nations, and who has met these obligations. Next will be reviewed the impacts of what would happen if the United States claims a right to expect United Nations efficiency, and should decide to withdraw its funding for any failure thereof. The next focus will be upon the impact that United States arrears have on its political image. After that this paper will note that the United States has very few troops under United Nations supervision, yet over 10,000 troops who still enforce United States peacekeeping goals. Lastly, a review of this situation will demonstrate the importance, or lack thereof, that the United Nations plays in the United States financial future.
Before one can begin to make a wise decision about remaining within the United Nations based upon financial reasoning there must first be an understanding of the current financial status of the United States with the United Nations. Currently the United States has proposed to give 618 million dollars to the United Nations Regular Budget for fiscal year 2003. The United States has also proposed giving 725 million dollars to the United Nations Peacekeeping funds for fiscal year 2003. These 725 million dollars for peacekeeping actually takes a loss from fiscal year 2002 of 119 million dollars. UNA-USA Advocacy Agenda Fact Sheet states, "The peacekeeping request assumes that: 1) two current operations will be terminated at the end of 2002, both in Bosnia-Herzegovina; 2) the costs of the operations in Sierra Leone and in East Timor will decline by as much as one-half; 3) several operations, including those in Kosovo and on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, will also decline slightly; and 4) the U.