US President Donald Trump, who often criticizes the United Nations, will seek global support for the reform of the world body when he hosts a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, a day before a formal address to the 193-member body.
The invitation to attend the meeting with Trump will be limited to countries that sign a 10-point political declaration drafted by the United States that supports the efforts of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “launch effective and serious reforms,” a draft political statement seen by Reuters said on Friday.
Trump complained that the United States’ share of the UN budget was unfair and sought to cut funding for the organization, which he described as “a club where people meet, talk and have a good time.”
But Trump, who took office in January, later described US funding as insignificant when compared to the important role of the organization. The United States is the largest contributor to the UN budget, providing 22 percent of its two-year budget of $ 5.4 billion and 28.5 percent of the Its peacekeeping budget of $ 7.3 billion. The 193-member UN General Assembly ratifies the contributions of countries to the Organization’s budget.
Trump and Gutierch, who also took office in January, and US Ambassador to the UN Nicky Healy are due to speak at the Sept. 18 meeting, diplomats said.
“We support the Secretary-General in making concrete changes to the United Nations system in order to improve its activities in response to humanitarian operations and development and to support peace initiatives,” said the draft political declaration. “We commit ourselves to reducing duplication, repetition and overlapping in the mandate, including among the principal organs of the United Nations