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Better World Campaign President: Omnibus Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Foreign Aid, United Nations

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Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2018) — Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus that was signed into law this afternoon:

“The FY’18 Omnibus reaffirms the bipartisan commitment on Capitol Hill to continue our investments in diplomacy and foreign affairs.

“The total $55.9 billion allocated for international affairs programs included in the Omnibus marks an increase of $2.1 billion over the FY’17 enacted level, which marks a significant victory over the cuts that were originally proposed in the Administration’s budget request.

“With regards to the UN, Congress sided with the overwhelming majority of Americans who agree that we should meet our financial obligations to the UN.

“Specifically, the FY’18 Omnibus includes robust funding for the Contributions to International Organizations account, which funds U.S. assessments for the UN Regular Budget and UN specialized agencies. It also maintains funding for the International Organizations and Programs account – which had been zeroed out in the President’s budget request.  This account is a key source of voluntary contributions to various UN entities, like UNICEF, UN Women, the UN Development Program (UNDP), and UN Environment.

“The bill provides sufficient funds for UN peacekeeping to allow the U.S. to pay a 25 percent share of all peacekeeping costs. Unfortunately, that is short of the assessed rate of 28 percent, so the U.S. will accrue additional arrears in 2018.

“We applaud House and Senate Appropriators for recognizing the value of a robust foreign affairs budget, which includes full funding for the UN Regular Budget.”

About the Better World Campaign

The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations. Learn more at: www.betterworldcampaign.org

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