Christopher A. Guzman
July 15, 2010
The U.S. will subsidize a new $500-million United Nations agency that conservatives say will likely promote an abortion agenda.
In what the United Nations deemed as a historic move, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously voted on July 2 to approve “U.N. Women,” an agency intended to accelerate progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.
While funding for the new agency’s agenda will come primarily from voluntary contributions, the administrative costs of running the agency will come from the U.N.’s core budget, to which the U.S. is a major contributor.
The U.N. Committee on Contributions advises the General Assembly, under Article 17 of the United Nations Charter, on how much members will pay, based on each nation’s capacity.
Currently, the United States pays for 22 percent of the U.N.’s core budget.