January 24 2018

What to watch out for this week — UN General Assembly

January 24 2018, 02:00 | Van Peters

GettyMoon Jae-in spoke to Mr Trump this morning

Moon Jae-in

President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, calling for reforms to the decades-old intergovernmental organization that promotes global cooperation.

Kicking off a frantic week of diplomacy with a panel discussion on United Nations reform, Trump noted a personal history with the New York-based institution.

Trump also praised new Secretary-General António Guterres for his efforts in pushing reform, and called him "fantastic".

"To honor the people of our nations, we must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden, and that's militarily or financially", Trump said.

The president's budget proposal would reduce US funding for the United Nations, which now covers more than a fifth of the world body's operating cost.

US President Donald Trump is set to make his debut at the UN General Assembly, setting out his agenda to reform the UN.

The official said the speech will operate as the third in a line of major foreign policy addresses for Trump, including his speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia in May and his remarks to the people of Poland in July.

We'll also talk about the politicization of award shows after last night's 69th Emmys and how the Trump administration is responding to California's new "sanctuary state" law.

The United Nations is expected to be preoccupied with Pyongyang during much of the week.

Trump planned Monday to address a US -sponsored event on reforming the 193-member world body.

The United States pays 22 percent of the UN's $5.4 billion core budget and 28.5 percent of the $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget.

He said the cost of running the United Nations should be shared out proportionately among member states - referring to the US' covering a whopping 28.5 percent of the body's overall peacekeeping bill.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hailed the direction the world body has taken in recent weeks, citing a decline in "Israel bashing" and new sanctions against North Korea.

Trump's speech Tuesday morning will be his first to the 193-member UN General Assembly, and the president will attempt to strike a tone of optimism and "principled realism", according to a senior White House official who previewed the speech to reporters on Monday. "That's what America wants", said Senator Dick Durbin, (D) IL.

Ms Bishop is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings on Monday with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter and Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Yuval Rotem.

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