How the U.S. funds the UN

Each year, Congress must pass legislation to fund the activities and obligations of the U.S. government, including funding for the United Nations. On average, funding for our UN dues is only around 8% of the total international affairs budget, which is just over 1% of the overall federal budget.


Budget Request

The President submits his annual budget request to Congress, which lays out funding levels for the U.S. International Affairs Budget and the United Nations in the coming fiscal year.


Budget Hearings

The House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees typically hold hearings with the Secretary of State and other senior Administration officials to discuss the President’s budget request. During this time, Congressional appropriators solicit recommendations from outside groups like BWC on appropriate funding levels for the coming fiscal year.


Bill Passes

The House and Senate State/Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittees will consider and pass their respective versions of an International Affairs funding bill. Once the Appropriations Committees report out the bills, they may go to the floor for consideration by the full House or Senate.


House & Senate Negotiations

Congressional leadership usually negotiate a compromise version of the House and Senate Appropriations bills.

Final Bill

Final bill to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year is passed, which includes funding for the UN.


The President signs the spending bill into law.