Friday, September 30, 2011

UN Gives Itself A Big Raise

I read today that, while everyone else is cutting back, the UN is reducing its staff by only .4 percent,  and offsetting that reduction with an increase of .3 billion dollars to its already bloated budget.  Among other things, that increase raises the salary of the average UN worker (those not among the 44 whose jobs have been cut) to $119,000. 

The US administration has called for “a comprehensive, department-by-department, line-by-line review of this budget,” but since our own government seems incapable of accomplishing that for itself, it's hardly likely that the UN ever will. 

As one who, in my own small way, contributes to those UN salaries, (According to the article, "The U.S. pays 22 percent of the UN’s regular operating budget and is assessed 27 percent of the peacekeeping budget.") I'd like to make a small suggestion. 

Undoubtably, one justification for the high salaries of UN workers is the high cost of living in New York City, where the UN his headquartered.  I propose that from now on, the UN locate itself in the capital city of the member state with the lowest standard of living.  This would not only reduce significantly the cost of living for UN workers, but it would also provide an opportunity for the UN to demonstrate in a very real way, its committment to bettering the conditions in the poorest of countries. 

It's a win-win, right?

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