In 2013, BWC will continue to build support for U.S. policies that reinforce U.S. engagement in the United Nations and educate people about the real benefits the U.S. receives through our relationships with the UN.
So that the UN can better address the transnational challenges of the 21st century, we will work with the Administration and Congress to:
- Ensure payment of our nation’s UN regular budget and peacekeeping dues on time, in full, and without conditions; remove the Congressionally imposed arbitrary peacekeeping cap; and reverse the 1980s budget gimmick of paying U.S. dues a year late.
- Promote greater U.S. assistance to UN peacekeeping operations to strengthen each mission’s capabilities in logistics, training, doctrine, and management expertise.
- Spotlight the value of UN specialized agencies in enhancing American interests; build support for fully funding their crucial mandates; and realize the restoration of funding for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- Further constructive engagement on structural and management reforms at the UN and the continued implementation of ongoing reforms.
- Encourage active U.S. participation in the UN Human Rights Council.
- Promote advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.
- Advocate for Senate passage of key international agreements that the U.S. has signed but not ratified, such as the Conventions on the Law of the Sea, the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.