U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion in peacekeeping funds، United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned، with the United States responsible for more than a third of that، Reuters reported. “Active peacekeeping missions are soon expected to face liquidity gaps due to late payments and increasing arrears،” Guterres wrote in a Jan. 11 letter to the 193 member states. “Arrears are nearing $2 billion and are likely to keep growing.”
Guterres also said that while 152 members had paid in full what they owed for a separate U.N. regular budget in 2018 - a record - more than $528 million was still outstanding.
The United States is responsible for 22 percent of the $5.4 billion regular budget for 2018 and 2019 and more than 28 percent of the $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget for the year to June 30.
The United States owed $381 million to the regular budget as of Jan. 1 and some $776 million to the peacekeeping budget، U.N. officials said، figures the U.S. mission to the U.N. confirmed.
President Donald Trump says Washington is shouldering an unfair burden of the cost of the United Nations and pushed for the world body to reform operations.
In December، the U.N. General Assembly agreed what percentage of the regular and peacekeeping budgets each country would pay for the next three years.
The U.S. contribution to the regular budget is already limited to 22 percent and Washington unsuccessfully pushed to cap its peacekeeping contribution at 25 percent - as required by U.S. law - instead of more than 28 percent.