United State President Donald Trump makes his first appearance at the United Nations on Monday, with an address on United Nation reform as a week of great diplomacy kicks off, dominated by worries about North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.
Donald Trump, who once down grade the world body as a “club” for “people to get together, talk and have a good time,” will lay out his views on how to make better the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly.
The Unites Nations’s number one financial backer, the United States has intimidate deep cuts to United Nation funding that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said would create an “unsolvable problem” for the world body.
Guterres, who is pushing for an amendment of the UN bureaucracy, will also address the event at which leaders will sign a pledge of support for reform.
Both France and Russia have reacted friendly to the United State initiative, amid concerns that the US administration is focused more on cost-cutting than improving the UN’s performance.
United State Ambassador Nikki Haley was a driving force behind a $600-million-dollar cut to the United Nation peacekeeping budget this year.
Haley on Friday pointed to the more than 120 countries that support the United State drafted political declaration on UN reform as a “miraculous number,” showing there is support for a “big reform package” led by Guterres.
Donald Trump will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who will also be making his first address at the General Assembly on Tuesday, and with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Donald Trump will also have a working dinner with Latin American leaders that will touch on the crisis in Venezuela
North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests will be in the spotlight with foreign ministers set to discuss imposing sanctions against Pyongyang during a Security Council meeting on non-proliferation on Thursday.
The board last week imposed a new raft of measures such as a ban on export textiles and a cap on oil shipments to pile pressure on Pyongyang to come to the table and discuss an end to its nuclear and missile programs.
Russia and China, however, are calling for diplomatic talks with North Korea while warning that a military option as suggested by the United States would have dangerous outcome.