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Trump blames bureaucracy and mismanagement for UN's woes

19 Sep 2017 | By Abheet Sethi
Trump calls for UN reforms in first-ever speech

US President Donald Trump said in his first speech at the UN that bureaucracy and mismanagement are preventing the world body from living up to its potential.

"Focus more on people, less on bureaucracy," he said, adding that the UN could become stronger if there's more cooperation.

Trump has often criticized the US' disproportionately high contribution to the UN compared to other countries.

In context: Trump calls for UN reforms in first-ever speech

19 Sep 2017Trump blames bureaucracy and mismanagement for UN's woes

UN criticismSecretary-General Guterres says UN bureaucracy gives him sleepless nights

Trump was speaking at a meeting of around 128 countries pushing for reforming the UN.

The meeting came after the countries signed a 10-point US-drafted declaration backing UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' efforts "to initiate effective, meaningful reform."

The declaration wasn't signed by Security Council veto powers Russia and China.

Guterres agreed with Trump's point, saying the UN bureaucracy problem kept him up at night.

Trump gives speech on UN reforms

Trump feels US shouldn't pitch disproportionate share of UN funding

FundingTrump feels US shouldn't pitch disproportionate share of UN funding

"We must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden and that's militarily or financially," Trump said.

The US is the UN's biggest funder. It provides 22% of the UN's $5.4 billion biennial core budget and 28.5% of the $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget.

The 193-member General Assembly, who Trump will later address, agrees upon the contributions.

On Israel-PalestineTrump discusses Israel-Palestine peace at meeting with Netanyahu

Trump discussed the Palestine issue and Iran with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Trump said there's a "good chance" of a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine to which Netanyahu responded positively.

Trump responded to questions regarding his plans on the Iran nuclear deal by saying: "You'll be seeing very soon."

Trump honored to meet his "good friend" Netanyahu