US cuts 285M in UN Funding nikki-haley
Laxmi Bikram Sambahamphe

The United States has claimed to have negotiated a significant cut to the United Nations budget.

The US Mission to the UN said the 2018/19 budget would be slashed by over $285m and reductions would also be made to the UN’s support functions.

But the announcement did not make clear what effect the budget reduction will have on the US contribution.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said the “inefficiency and overspending” of the UN was a contributing factor behind the decision.

“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” she said.

“This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction.

“While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency‎ while protecting our interests.”

It comes after  Donald trump threatened to cut off aid to any country in the UN that voted against his decision to recognize  Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Let them vote against us,” the US President said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

Ms Haley sent letters to over 180 countries warning them Washington would be taking the names of those who voted against the US.

The UN General Assembly went on to vote overwhelmingly to denounce Mr Trump’s decision.

The nonbinding resolution declaring the US decision on Jerusalem “null and void” was approved 128-9.

It reaffirmed what has been the UN’s stand on the divided holy city since 1967: Jerusalem’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Trump administration made it clear the vote would have no effect on its plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.