Malloch Brown Is Wrong: The U.S. Should Press Even Harder for UN Reform

Publication Date: June 2006

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brett D. Schaefer; Nile Gardiner

Research Area: International relations

Keywords: International organizations

Type: Brief


In a June 6 speech before the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown chastised the Bush Administration and previous U.S. administrations over their approach to the UN. Malloch Brown's comments reinforce the need for the Bush Administration and Congress to press for broader U.N. reform. Instead of acquiescing to Malloch Brown's desire to see America's engagement limited to paying what the UN demands and supporting its edicts, the United States and its allies must increase their efforts to make the United Nations more accountable, effective, and transparent. To that end, the U.S. should oppose authorizing the remaining UN budget until the General Assembly approves the Secretary-General's reform measures. And if an increased UN regular budget is approved over the objection of the U.S., the U.S. should withhold funding for the United Nations.