Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015, 07:16:19

Japan may pull plug on financial contributions to UNESCO

The U.N. body had been forced to slash spending, freeze job hires and cut programs after losing the U.S. funding, which had made up 22 percent of its budget.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland saying that UNESCO’s admission of Palestine was “regrettable, premature and undermines our shared goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” This was no small matter, since America’s refusal to pay its dues has cost UNESCO a whopping 22 percent of its annual revenues, roughly $80 million per year, since 2011.

The ranking of financial contribution to UN including UNESCO by nations is:

 

Major Contributors (2010)  (1% and over):

         

                          %                   Paid in                       Outstanding

 

United Statesa     22.00               $532,453,102            $278,414,368

Japan              12.530              $264,959,467                 0

Germany            8.018               $169,548,684                 0

United Kingdom   6.604               $139,648,230                 0

Francea                            6.123               $129,477,001                   0

Italy                  4.999               $105,708,890                  0

Canada              3.207                $67,815,245                   0

Chinaa                               3.189                $67,434,617                     0

Spain                3.177                $67,180,865                    0

Mexico              2.359                $13,981,825               $49,521,870

Rep. of Korea    2.260                 $47,789,976                    0

Australia           1.933                 $40,875,231                    0

Netherlands      1.855                  $39,225,843                    0

Brazil               1.611                 $34,066,217                    0

Russia              1.602                 $33,875,903                    0

Switzerland       1.130                 $23,894,987                    0

Belgium            1.075                 $22,731,958                    0

Sweden            1.064                 $22,499,352                    0

 

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