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UN’s Monetary Troubles Jeopardize Important Human Rights Work — International Points

UN’s Monetary Troubles Jeopardize Important Human Rights Work — International Points


UN Human Rights Council, Geneva
  • Opinion by Louis Charbonneau, Widad Franco (united nations)
  • Inter Press Service

UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres warned UN member nations on January 25 that if these with excellent dues don’t pay up quickly, the UN shall be broke by August.

Within the meantime, the UN would take numerous cost-cutting measures, together with decreasing the variety of conferences and reducing vitality bills at UN headquarters. The UN’s common funds for 2024, which doesn’t embody peacekeeping and another UN actions, is US$3.6 billion.

The US owes essentially the most however continues to make partial funds. In response to UN sources, the US owes $1.1 billion to the UN’s common funds for 2023 and 2024 plus extra arrears. The Biden administration desires to pay, however Congress has not handed a funds that might enable it to take action.

“The Biden administration is dedicated to working with Congress to make sure that the US totally pays its dues to the UN,” mentioned Chris Lu, US ambassador for UN administration and reform.

The US isn’t the one member nation that has been sluggish to pay – 50 others hadn’t paid as of the tip of 2023. China, the second greatest contributor, didn’t pay its dues till November, which exacerbated the UN’s liquidity issues.

UN administration was pressured to impose a hiring freeze final yr. All UN departments are affected, together with the handful of human rights investigations, most of which have comparatively small staffs and budgets.

For instance, the UN Unbiased Worldwide Reality-Discovering Mission for the Sudan, established 4 months in the past has a one-year mandate to analyze widespread atrocities, however nonetheless lacks investigators to hold out the mission.

And whereas the freeze is meant to permit exceptions for hiring important workers, UN officers and diplomats advised Human Rights Watch there was confusion about the way to get these exceptions.

Delegations from China, Russia, Cuba, and others have been making an attempt for years to defund UN human rights work within the Basic Meeting’s Fifth Committee, which oversees the funds.

Their makes an attempt in December to dam funding for investigations into grave human rights abuses in Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Nicaragua and elsewhere failed.

The UN management and member nations ought to be sure that the UN’s human rights groups have funding and workers to satisfy their mandates. And governments that haven’t paid their assessed contributions ought to pay up.


Louis Charbonneau is United Nations Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Widad Franco is UN Advocacy Officer, HRW.

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