Trump Administration’s Proposed U.N. Funding Cuts Threaten Responses To Acute Humanitarian Crises, Long-Term Development Goals, Experts Say

Associated Press: Trump foreign aid cuts counter global development goals: E.U.
“President Donald Trump’s proposed deep cuts to humanitarian aid go against the global development goals the United States committed to in 2015, the European Union’s international development chief warned Friday…” (Meseret, 3/17).

Los Angeles Times: With 20 million people facing starvation, Trump’s foreign aid cuts strike fear
“President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the United Nations, which runs agencies such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF, come at a time when famine is reaching a crisis point in parts of Africa, and children in some countries are dying of starvation. The timing of the proposed cuts has sent chills through the international aid community, which fears that a retreat by the U.S. in relief funding could make a bad situation worse…” (Dixon, 3/19).

Wall Street Journal: Trump Budget Proposals Prompt Concern at U.N.
“Diplomats and officials at the United Nations warned that President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts in U.S. spending on U.N. programs risked hampering institutional reforms and leaving a financial void that will be difficult to fill. Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget, revealed on Thursday, slashes spending on peacekeeping and climate programs at the U.N. The exact details and allocations of funds for the U.N. aren’t yet clear…” (Fassihi, 3/18).

Washington Post: Why Trump’s plan to slash U.N. funding could lead to global calamity
“…The United Nations warned against the proposed cuts Thursday. ‘Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts,’ U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s spokesman said in a statement. French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said the cuts could result in instability worldwide. ‘America’s retreat and unilateralism, or even the perception of it by other players, would create the risk of coming back to the old spheres of influence policy, and history teaches us that it has only led to more instability,’ Delattre told Reuters…” (Wang, 3/18).

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