US hails $US285 million cut to United Nations budget


trumpThe United Nations’ budget is set to shrink by more than $US285 million next year — a 5 per cent cut that the US government says it negotiated.

The UN General Assembly voted on Sunday to approve the nearly $US5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019.

The Secretary-General’s office said the new budget included cuts to most departments and offices.

The regular budget pays for many UN activities, but not peacekeeping or some humanitarian appeals, for example.

The US is the largest contributor, paying about 25 per cent of the regular budget.

President Donald Trump has pressed to cut US contributions to the world body.

In a statement on Sunday US Ambassador Nikki Haley faulted the UN for “inefficiency and overspending” and said Washington would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.”