US Official Makes Economic Case for Country's Support to UN

    It is in the best interest of the United States to continue robust support for the United Nations because the global organization helps protect U.S. economic concerns overseas and boosts local economy, especially in New York city, where the U.N. headquarters is located, a senior U.S. official has noted.

    Esther Brimmer, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, made this case for continued U.S. support to the United Nations during a recent trip to Wall Street in New York.

    “The U.N. helps sustain the global economic landscape that U.S. companies depend on,” Brimmer said, as quoted by David Bosco on his blog, The Multilateralist. “Basically, if you’re an American company doing business across borders, odds are, you’re benefiting from the work the United States does in the U.N.”

    Brimmer added that the U.S. companies benefit from the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the United Nations to procure goods and services annually. She also noted that the U.N. “is a boost for New York’s economy” given the number of staff it hires at its headquarters and the diplomats and officials that visit it every year.

    The assistant secretary’s remarks come as some members of the U.S. Congress are questioning the legitimacy of the United Nations and proposing to slash U.S. contributions to its budget. Brimmer has earlier criticized a U.N.-related reform proposal from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) as “backward” and warned that it could undermine the U.S.’s international leadership if pushed through.

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