A new poll released recently by the Better World Campaign has found that even during this polarizing political time, there is one issue that most voters agree on: The United States cannot solve the world’s problems alone.
Eighty-six percent of American voters agree that it is important for the United States to maintain an active role in the United Nations. Additionally, more than seven out of 10 Americans believe that working through the U.N. to resolve international issues improves our country’s image around the world. As president of the Davis chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, I am one of them.
The U.S. has fallen behind on its dues to U.N. peacekeeping, but more than two-thirds of voters want the U.S. to both pay what is already owed and meet new commitments in the year to come. The U.S. cannot and should not bear the burden alone, and by maintaining an active and strong partnership with the U.N., we won’t have to.
Peacekeeping missions are authorized by the Security Council on which the U.S. casts a crucial vote. The latest authorization was for a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, but no funds are currently allocated in the proposed U.S. budget to back up this commitment to help fund the mission while other nations provide the peacekeepers.
At this time of fiscal restraint, working cooperatively through the United Nations makes economic sense and provides effective solutions to global challenges.