After lauding the U.N. Security Council for working together on North Korea sanctions, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also leveled some criticism. The U.N.’s member countries have largely failed to live up to the ideals of multilateral cooperation, Haley said, and the United States will be rethinking its generous contribution to the international body in the coming months.
“The United States is by far the largest contributor to the United Nations budget. Our support for multilateralism at the United Nations has not been limited to rhetoric—it has been concrete, in both our words and our deeds,” she said at a Nov. 9 meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
But there are times, she said, when the United States is “tempted” to believe multilateralism is a “bad deal” for the United States. “And there are times when that conclusion is correct.”
Following those remarks, she said the United States will be making “an important decision on how we distribute the costs of peacekeeping.”
She pointed to a resolution put forward by Cuba condemning the U.S. embargo, which has been in place since the island nation fell to communism in 1959. The United States tried to amend the resolution to include its support for the rights of the Cuban people.
But the only three members that voted for the amendments were the United States, Ukraine, and Israel. The resolution was passed, minus the amendments, with only two no-votes: the United States and Israel.
“Multilateralism fails when it fails to support the goals of peace, security, and human rights,” Haley said on Nov. 9. “When the General Assembly gives the barbaric Cuban regime a pass for violating the rights of the Cuban people just to poke the United States in the eye, that is a failure of multilateralism.”
This isn’t the first time she has called for funding cuts or taken drastic measures to prove that the United States is serious about human rights.