all UN member states to “fully meet their financial commitments to the
United Nations,” stressing that Washington owed more than $2 billion to
the UN regular budget and peacekeeping budget amount to 1.63 billion and 2.14 billion
US dollars respectively, the Chinese statement said, citing a report from the
“the United States is the largest debtor, owing 1.165 billion and 1.332 billion
US dollars respectively,” China added.
paying 22 percent of its annual running costs, a bill which adds up to around
$3 billion; and 25 percent of its peacekeeping operations, which amount to some
$6 billion a year.
percent of the peacekeeping budget, but a decision made by Congress and
implemented by President Donald Trump in 2017 cut that payment to 25 percent,
meaning Washington runs up an annual shortfall of $200 million.
from October to October, which can make it look like an even bigger debtor at
certain times of the year.
China is “eager to distract attention from its cover-up and mismanagement of
the COVID-19 crisis, and this is yet another example.”
payment of $726 million toward its peacekeeping assessment, and per practice
will pay the bulk of its assessment at the end of the calendar year.”
million, adding: “Roughly two-thirds of this amount is the result of payment at
the rate of 25 percent from 2017 through the present.”
peacekeeping activities has a significant effect on the UN fees to nations that
send troops to the 15 or so missions around the world.
Guterres warned that “there may be significant delays towards the middle of the
year, unless the cash position across missions improves significantly.”
including China, paid their contributions in full, as Beijing the second
biggest donor, well behind the United States said in its announcement.
operating expenses of the UN and about 15 per cent of the budget for