Friday, April 28, 2017 | ePaper

UN peacekeeping chief defends cost of missions

  • Print
AFP, United Nations :
United Nations peacekeeping missions, under threat from budget cuts if Washington's promise to slash its UN spending goes ahead, are already costing as little as possible, a UN official said Friday.
The comments come after US President Donald Trump this month proposed to cut Washington's contribution to UN peacekeeping operations-the largest share of funding for the organization's missions-to 25 percent of their total budget, compared to just under 30 percent today.
"We are doing our utmost to spend as little as possible" and "modernize," Herve Ladsous, the outgoing head of peacekeeping operations, said during his final news conference after six years in his post.
"We diminished the cost per peacekeeper by 16 percent without a diminution of their quality," he added, noting that the US-based Rand Corporation think-tank recently calculated that UN-managed operations cost four times less than it would cost a large Western country.
"Sixteen missions and 120,000 men deployed around the world for 0.4 percent of the world's military expenditure, it's still very little," Ladsous said.
"We have always tried to reformat missions, whenever possible, to be as economical as possible," he added.

More News For this Category

Lack of teacher diversity contributing to education attainment gap

Lack of teacher diversity contributing to education attainment gap

Richard Conklin :A recently released study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics found that economically disadvantaged black male students who had at least one black teacher in third,

Three alternative approaches for correcting student misbehaviour

Three alternative approaches for correcting student misbehaviour

Jim Paterson :Three popular new ideas in education that might help resolve discipline issues are closely linked, experts say, and support each other in expansive school-wide plans or in

The unmotivated student

The unmotivated student

Dr. Ken Shore :A motivational problem is not always easy to define, although teachers usually have no trouble recognizing it: The unmotivated student is the one whose attitude toward

Higher Math in lower grades: Hurting or helping kids?

Higher Math in lower grades: Hurting or helping kids?

Cindy Donaldson :Every parent wants to see her child keep up with peers, and these days that means taking algebra in the eighth grade. But sometimes we forget that

The homework debate

The homework debate

Johanna Sorrentino :Every school day brings something new, but there is one status quo most parents expect: homework. The old adage that practice makes perfect seems to make sense

A special learning journey cut short

A special learning journey cut short

Charity Chimungu Phiri :When building a house, it's critical to lay a strong foundation. The same applies to education, with studies showing that children who attend early learning centers

Staying fit while studying

Staying fit while studying

Joanna Hughes :While the demands of academia can often feel more intense than a full-time job, some other commitments are of equal importance. One item deserving your time and

Making the most of textbook reading?

Making the most of textbook reading?

Joanna Hughes :The typical college student reads at a rate of 450 words per minute, according to the results of a speed-reading study by Staples. The world speed reading

Is your future flexible?

Is your future flexible?

Elizabeth Koprowski :The business world is ever-changing and smart professionals know that they need to adapt to new trends, adopt new skills, and remain flexible in their career outlook

How to survive an enduring career

How to survive an enduring career

Alyssa Walker :It's like riding on a subway without holding onto anything for balance: the consistent shifting and evolution of your place and space on the train mirrors the