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Forbes: Pay for UN corruption or NOT?

posted Feb 23, 2010, 8:08 PM by Robert Alexander

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Sixty years ago, the United Nations was founded upon the principles of maintaining international peace and security, promoting basic human rights, and protecting fundamental freedoms. But for nearly the entire duration of its existence, certain UN agencies have routinely been found to be corrupt, ineffective, and heavily influenced or operated by those that do not share American values. Still, the United States continues to give billions to the UN, providing 22% of the UN’s operating budget each year, more than the combined contributions of France, Germany, China, Canada and Russia.


Under current rules and contribution levels, it is possible to assemble the two-thirds majority needed for important United Nations budget votes with a group of countries that, taken together, pay less than 1 percent of the total United Nations regular budget. This disconnect between contribution levels and management control creates significant perverse incentives in terms of United Nations spending, transparency, and accountability. In addition, the United Nations system suffers from unacceptably high levels of waste, fraud, and abuse, which seriously impair its ability to fulfill the lofty ideals of its founding. 


As a result, I have joined with over 100 of my colleagues in cosponsoring a resolution, H.R. 557, to condition U.S. aid to the United Nations on that organization taking a number of steps including preventing its resources from supporting Foreign Terrorist Organizations. That is, U.S. contributions to the UN system would be withheld until sweeping, meaningful reform was implemented. The bill expresses the outrage of many Americans that taxpayer dollars continue to be misspent on corrupt international agencies. With its passage, we would send a strong message of U.S. dedication to our nation’s sovereignty, as well as our refusal to support enemies of freedom or an organization plagued with continuing financial abuse and corruption scandals.


I’d like to hear your thoughts on this legislation. Share your input by e-mailing me. I look forward to hearing from you.


Yours in service,


Randy Forbes

Member of Congress

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