US Contributions to the UN in 2010


The latest available numbers (source) for the US’s annual contributions to the UN, summarized in the pie chart below, come from 2010. Congress passed a law in December 2016 to resume tracking contributions every year. Trump is reportedly seeking to trim up to 40% from US contributions to the UN. The areas most affected would have to be peacekeeping, food, and refugee relief. Cuts in these can only increase global instability. I’ve appended breakdowns for the largest categories, at the end of this post.


In 2010 the US spent $682.7b on its military (source), which is almost 100 times more than the US spent on critical global concerns via the UN. Conceptually, contributions to the UN are like taxes paid to the next higher level of governance. The less tax we pay as the wealthiest nation on the planet, the more likely the planet as a whole will suffer and we will suffer too, sooner or later.


Descriptions of the categories in the pie chart above.

–Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO)

–World Food Program (WFP)
–Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
–International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Refugees and Settlements
–United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
–United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
–United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT)

UN Dues
–UN Regular Budget as assessed to the US, accounting for 22% of the total UN budget for operations

–All Other US contributions – hundreds of smaller programs all under $24m each

–World Health Organization (WHO)

–United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

–International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

–International Labor Organization (ILO)

–United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
–International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
–World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
–International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

–International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
–United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
–International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

–United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

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