Florida senator Marco Rubio is introducing legislation today to reform the United Nations. The United States gives at least 22 percent of the U.N. budget, and consequently has much influence over the multinational organization. Rubio's bill is a companion to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s House bill, and would, according to the senator's office, accomplish the following things:
· Allow the U.S. to fund only UN agencies and programs that advance U.S. interests and values, resulting in greater competition among UN entities for funding that would increase transparency and effectiveness.
· Authorize the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate and audit the use of U.S. contributions to the UN.
· Prohibit U.S. contributions to the UN from being used for any purpose other than the specific purposes for which it was made available by Congress.
· Firmly establish U.S. policy on various issues relating to the UN, including transparency, reform, Security Council expansion, terrorism, anti-Semitism and the unfair treatment of Israel.
· Withholds U.S. contributions from any UN agency or program that upgrades the status of the Palestinian observer mission outside a negotiated settlement with Israel.
· Conditions U.S. membership on and funding of the UN Human Rights Council on the Council’s adoption of reforms barring membership of countries subject to Security Council sanctions, under Security Council-mandated human rights investigations, states sponsors of terrorism, “countries of particular concern” for religious freedom violations, or that have been designated as Tier 3 for human trafficking violations.
· Makes it U.S. policy to lead a high-level diplomatic campaign to revoke and repudiate the Goldstone Report and its follow-on measures by the UN General Assembly.
· Withholds U.S. funding from any part of the UN’s flawed Durban process, which has been hijacked by rogue regimes and used to advance an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, anti-Western, anti-freedom agenda.
· Conditions U.S. funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) providing assistance to Palestinians refugees until UNRWA meets certain safeguards against terrorist links.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton discusses this legislation and the UNESCO follies in the latest issue of the magazine.