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Financial Obligations to the United Nations

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Title

Financial Obligations to the United Nations

Subject

United Nations.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, Director, Genocide Watch. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-08

Contributor

Stanton, Gregory

Relation

G36-00053
Tape number: 4061B

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Proctor, Cecily

Interviewee

Stanton, Gregory

Transcription

The UN can’t survive if the members don’t pay their dues. Right now the United States is over $2 billion behind in its dues, and in fact the US dues are crucial to the way in which the UN has to finance itself. Right now the UN borrows from its peacekeeping budget in order to just pay its general budget. Well, that means it can’t finance its peacekeeping operations properly. If it’s going to do peacekeeping operations, it has to have the money to do them. The US Congress has repeatedly refused to pass the appropriation legislation necessary to pay our dues. So, in spite of the fact that it is our administration’s policy to pay the dues, the Congress has refused to appropriate the money.

Well, there are some members of Congress who have tried to link legislation concerning abortion to the payment of the dues, which is of course—it’s not an issue that should be linked to payment of our dues. It’s like trying to link the abortion issue to—who knows what other international issues might be related. There are many other reasons why others have said that we shouldn’t pay our dues. The point is, we’re under an international legal obligation to pay these dues. We are parties to the UN Charter, and it obligates us to pay them. When you sign a contract, you’re supposed to pay. The US is obligated to pay our dues, and we should.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:28

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Financial Obligations to the United Nations,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed November 19, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/731.