Maj. Nina Raduha. (The Daily Star/UNIFIL, HO)
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The Security Council backed reforms Wednesday to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, a key priority of the Trump administration at the U.N. General Assembly.Vice President Mike Pence cast the approval vote for the United States, saying the U.N. must be more aggressive in evaluating the effectiveness of its operations. The Security Council asked for annual briefings from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on his initiative to reform peacekeeping.The Trump administration stoked alarm in the U.N. with a proposal to cut U.S. funding for U.N. peacekeeping by $1.3 billion, over 50 percent.U.N. officials have pushed back on the idea that its peacekeeping operations are not cost-efficient. U.N. peacekeeping operations, which number 16 with more than 100,000 personnel, cost nearly $8 billion a year. To that end, Guterres has changed the structure of the U.N. secretariat to consolidate the management of both peacekeeping operations and large political missions.
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