U.S. Funding for the UN
The United Nations funds its activities -- from organizing elections in Afghanistan to fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa -- through member countries' assessed dues for general operations and peacekeeping and through voluntary contributions for special programs, such as United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). In the United States, the President asks for the yearly payment to the UN in his budget proposal, and Congress refines his request and allocates funds in an annual appropriations bill.
The U.S. contributes more to the UN than any other country -- 22 percent of the regular UN budget and 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget -- but receives a significant return on its investment since the UN advances many U.S. national interests. For years, the U.S. shorted the UN on these dues, but in 2009, Congress paid in full and addressed recent arrears. We ask that Congress continue to pay all that we owe the UN, and on time. To do less hobbles the UN as it fights for human rights and dignity, keeps the peace, builds democracies, and improves the lives of millions across the world.
The Facts on U.S. Funding for the UN
How the U.S. Funds the UN
The UN Budget Process