Despite long-standing efforts by successive U.S. administrations to rein in U.N. spending, the United Nations this month presented its top donors with a request for nearly $1.1 billion in additional funds over the next two years – boosting current U.N. expenses by 25 per cent and marking the global body's highest-ever administrative budget, says the Washington Post.
Much of the increased spending flows from Bush administration demands for a more ambitious U.N. role around the world. During President Bush's tenure, the United States has signed off on billions of dollars for U.N. peacekeeping operations in Sudan and elsewhere, and authorised hundreds of millions for U.N. efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, where U.N. officials helped organise elections and draft a new constitution, says the Post.
Some highlights from the U.N.'s latest funding request:
Publish date: 09 April 2008
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