U.S. Contributions to U.N. Up 142% Since 2001 -- $4.5 Billion

Penny Starr | October 5, 2012 | 12:49pm EDT
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President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations in New York City. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – The financial contribution that the United States makes to the United Nations has increased sharply over the past decade, rising by $4.5 billion between 2001 and 2010 – a 142 percent rise -- according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Since 2006, the OMB has presented Congress with an annual report detailing the U.S. contributions to the U.N. system for each fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

The total money contributed from all federal agencies to the United Nations, as reported by OMB, since 2001 are as follows:

FY 2001 -- $ 3,183,166,000.00

FY 2002 -- $ 3,934,814,000.00

FY 2003 -- $ 3,841,323,000.00

FY 2004 -- $ 4,115,155,000.00

FY 2005 -- $ 5,327,276,000.00

FY 2006 -- $ 4,546,120,000.00

FY 2007 -- $ 4,158,641,000.00

FY 2008 -- $ 6,090,242,000.00

FY 2009 -- $ 6,347,415,000.00

FY 2010 -- $ 7,691,822,000.00

The total increase in funding is $4,508,656,000.00, or a 142 percent rise over nine years.

Prior to 2006, the total financial contribution from the United States to the U.N. was not easily assessed because of the multiple sources of funding.

Brett Schaefer, a Jay Kingham Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has written extensively about U.S. funding of the U.N.

“Most everyone knows the United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations and its affiliated funds, programs, and specialized agencies,” Schaefer wrote in the National Review Online last month. “But nailing down precisely how much we pay into the U.N. system every year is no easy task.”

“Although most U.S. contributions come from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, hundreds of millions of dollars also flow into the U.N. system from other parts of the federal government,” Schaefer said.

Tracking of the expenditures changed in 2006 when Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked the OMB to prepare a report detailing the cost from 2001-2005. The OMB, because it is in charge of overseeing the president’s budget, can require all segments of the government to report on information that it requests.

“The first report was an eye-opener,” Schaefer said. “The OMB calculated that U.S. contributions totaled $4.115 billion in 2004 and $5.327 billion in 2005.”

Schaefer also revealed in his article why the latest data from OMB is for FY 2010. The OMB has prepared the report for FY 2011 but will not issue it without a congressional mandate, which was not included in the Continuing Resolution that Congress passed before adjourning until after the November elections, according Schaefer.

“Congress neglected to renew the reporting requirement,” Schaefer said.

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