U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley declared victory after member nations agreed to a $600 million cut from the annual peacekeeping budget. Neglected in her Twitter declaration is that the cuts had already been planned, prior to Trump’s election. The UN peacekeeping budget declined from $7.87 billion to $7.3 billion with the U.S. contributing a smaller percentage as compared to last year.
With his announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, President Donald Trump will discover taking such action is neither simple nor immediate. Given that the U.S. is one of the leading greenhouse gas emitting countries, pulling out of the Paris accord will make it incredibly difficult for the world to reach the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
A legal battle over executive orders limiting the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. is not deterring the Trump administration. The number of refugees arriving in the U.S. has dramatically declined since October, according to a new Pew study.
Gender equality advocates are applauding a new bill in the U.S. Congress that aims to promote empowerment, economic security and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.
At a time of continuous political fighting, the President Donald Trump made an announcement that is winning praise from NGOs, activists and politicians. The administration nominated Mark Green, a former ambassador to Tanzania and current president of the International Republican Institute, to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The so-called skinny budget proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump has international development experts concerned about the fate of public health, poverty reduction and other development programs in countries around the world.
Amid severe backlash from human rights advocates and members of Congress, the White House is defending President Donald Trump’s decision Saturday to invite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington as a necessary move to shore up alliances against North Korea. But human rights advocates say that excuse “doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
As President Donald Trump decides in the next few weeks if he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, India and China have said the world can look to them to uphold the pact. Although India has been making impressive strides to cut pollution and increase solar capacity in particular, a recent study says the country’s coal plans could “single-handedly jeopardize” the Paris Agreement.
The Trump administration appears to be planning a major restructure of the U.S. aid agency. Money for USAID would shift to the State Department as a part of the White House effort to streamline the federal government, according to a leaked budget document obtained by Foreign Policy.
The top 50 companies in the U.S. are stashing $1.6 trillion in offshore accounts, according to a new analysis by Oxfam. That money may return to the U.S. at a steep tax discount if a repatriation holiday proposed in some tax reform proposals is implemented. Doing so would allow corporations to continue evading taxes by holding money abroad, according to the NGO.