2008 GOP Platform Eliminates ‘Commitment’ to U.N.

The new document says the U.S. “will pay a fair, but not disproportionate, share of dues” to the U.N., and “will never support a U.N.-imposed tax.”

– Both critics and supporters of the United Nations have found applause-worthy features in the Republican Party platform adopted at this week’s convention.

But while those on both sides of the issue see the document as heralding a shift in direction, its treatment of the U.N. in fact differs little from the GOP’s 2004 platform.

“The U.N. must reform its scandal-ridden and corrupt management and become more accountable and transparent in its operations and expenses,” it adds.

Similar language appeared in the 2004 GOP platform, which stated that the U.S. “will pay a fair, not disproportionate, share of dues to the United Nations, which must continue to reform its management and take steps to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse.”

Countries’ contributions to the U.N.’s operating costs are calculated from assessments based on their relative “capacity to pay,” taking into account income statistics and other factors. The ceiling is set at 22 percent – the rate the U.S. is expected to contribute. The U.S. also contributes 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget.

The other four permanent members of the Security Council contribute considerably less to the operating costs, with Britain assessed at 6.7, France at 6.2, China at 2.4 and Russia at 0.7 percent.

In 2006, the Bush administration proposed reforming the assessment process, arguing that using purchasing power parity (PPP) data rather than gross national income as determined by GDP would produce a “more balanced” outcome.