Washington, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2012) — Better World Campaign Executive Director Peter Yeo today said the Obama Administration’s budget for 2013 would pay the United States’ dues to the United Nations, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are leveraged to promote America’s interests around the world.
The budget is in line with what Americans have made clear they want: recent bipartisan polling indicates that more than eight in ten American voters believe it is important that the United States maintain an active role within the United Nations.
“From peacekeeping missions to weapons inspections to clean water and vaccine dissemination, the UN helps the U.S. advance peace, security and economic development worldwide,” said Yeo. “Paying our dues in full is the most effective way of influencing debate and reform within the UN, ensuring that our global interests are protected and that our taxpayers’ money is used judiciously.”
“The U.S. is currently partnering with the UN on some of the globe’s most urgent problems, including reacting to natural disasters in places like Haiti, maintaining tough sanctions on Iran and supporting the new nation of South Sudan,” Yeo continued. “President Obama’s budget recommits us to a strong, productive, and mutually-beneficial U.S.-UN relationship.”
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.