The U.S. invests in the United Nations to achieve its foreign policy goals, but the return on investment goes beyond advancing global peace and security — we also see a tangible economic benefit here at home.
For instance, the UN Secretariat has 40,000 staff and a large global presence, with 13 peacekeeping missions and dozens of other field missions around the world. In order to carry out its global operations, the UN purchases an array of goods and services from private vendors, including telecommunications equipment, financial services, construction, food production, medical care, office equipment, and armored vehicles.
According to the United Nations Global Marketplace, American companies were awarded more than $1.7 billion in procurement contracts with the UN in 2019 (the most recent year for which data was available), by far the most of any country.
Since 2010, U.S. companies have received over $10 billion in procurement contracts with the UN.