United States Mission to the United Nations
For Immediate Release December 22, 2023
Fact Sheet: U.S. Successful Negotiations in the UN General Assembly Fifth Committee
The United States, along with its allies and partners, concluded 2023 with a number of successes during the UN General Assembly Fifth Committee session. These include:
- Approval of 2024 UN Regular Budget. The Fifth Committee approved a $3.6 billion program budget that funds the operations of the UN Secretariat, including functions vital to promoting human rights, disarmament, and international development, as well as special political missions. This budget represents a 1.6 percent increase over the 2023 budget, after accounting for inflation and exchange rate effects. The budget provides funding for numerous U.S. priorities, including: the Black Sea Grain Initiative (should it be renewed); a new UN data protection and privacy office; formalization of the anti-racism office for the Secretariat; and approval of a UN conference facility in Nairobi. The U.S. is the largest contributor to the UN assessed budget, providing 22 percent of the funding.
- Peacebuilding Funds. The U.S. led the way in reaching an agreement to provide $50 million in assessed funding (beginning in 2025) for the Peacebuilding Fund to prevent conflicts before they begin. This proven approach to identifying and addressing the root causes of conflicts will save lives and money.
- Human Rights Funding. On the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the U.S. succeeded in pushing for more predictable funding for Human Rights Council mandates and the creation of 38 new positions to advance human rights around the globe. Efforts to eliminate human rights monitoring in countries such as Syria, Iran, DPRK and Sudan were also rejected.
- Special Political Missions. Funding was approved for 37 special political missions, which support peace process and conflict prevention efforts. The UN Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan will be drawn down and liquidated in an orderly manner, which will result in the savings of approximately $40 million. Supporting partnerships between the UN and regional organizations, the U.S. succeeded in establishing positions in the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to enhance its engagement and cooperation with the African Union and ASEAN.
- Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment (SH). The U.S. successfully fought back against efforts to relitigate SEA and SH investigations, thus strengthening the zero-tolerance policy for perpetrators and protecting the dignity of survivors.