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UN Approves Budget for its Peacekeeping Mission
Jul 11, 2014

The UN General Assembly’s budget committee approved the budget for its far-flung peacekeeping missions after contentious negotiations pitting wealthy countries against developing nations. There was a dispute over the amount of money that countries supplying troops to UN missions should receive per soldier for extra expenses involved in their deployment, including training, vaccinations, overseas allowances, uniforms and additional equipment. 

The overall budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015 is estimated at $8.6 billion, an increase from the $7.83 billion budget that expired on June 30. It covers 17 missions and about 100,000 peacekeepers. By way of comparison this is less than one half of one per cent of world military expenditures, which were estimated at $1.7 trillion in 2013. 

The Group of 77, which represents 132 mainly developing countries including all the major troop contributing nations and China, wanted the UN to reimburse governments contributing troops $1,763 per month per soldier, a huge rise from the average amount of $1,210 last year. The United States, European Union, Japan and South Korea, which pay the vast majority of peacekeeping costs, balked at the amount, estimated at about $700 million this year.

In a compromise proposed by the committee chair, the reimbursement level would rise with effect from July 1 to $1,332 monthly per soldier—the largest increase in 35 years at 17 per cent—and in steps to $1,410 on July 1, 2017. 

Western negotiators said the initial increase would cost about $200 million and would be offset by $200 million in cuts from the budgets of the peacekeeping missions across Africa, the Middle East, on the India-Pakistan border and in Haiti. 


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