UN spending billions to reduce poverty but not making a dent
Reaction from Amb. John Bolton
- Duration 4:05
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Reaction from Amb. John Bolton
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Here's one -- you it will make you ask -- -- all my tax money go.
The united nations development program is supposed to be the UN's official anti poverty agency but -- that's.
According to its own new study the agency is not doing much to reduce poverty at all the scathing report showing.
The agency spent eight point five billion an anti poverty activity activities from 2004.
And since US pays about a quarter of the UN's total budget specialist money going Korean investor -- -- Chinese kids there -- good evening.
I'm so that's a lot of money spent -- -- we would hope we would get ahead of the game.
-- -- but we're not what happened what why are you surprised this is United Nations -- work you know.
Part of the problem with a lot of UN programs as you can measure the inputs X billions spent.
He can't measure the outputs and I think this report this is just the executive summary we have won the whole thing comes out.
-- be interest -- to read because it is an admission.
That they don't really know what affect their activities that I -- why didn't answer commissioned study of themselves if they -- so it kept in terms of actually taking the money knowing where went and actually eradicating pot nearly it's gonna jump on.
Well I think they believe that the donors measures the inputs and care about that and frankly -- -- many of the recipient countries this is a wealth transfer operation.
Even though the UNDP is funded by voluntary contributions.
It it is like gay and assessed budget program it's very inefficient my recommendation at a time of trillion dollar budget.
Would be that congress zero out the US contribution.
Yes he would I've travelled many countries have been lucky enough in this job and I've -- led to a private NGOs doing -- -- -- -- -- -- americans' perception that -- and -- money -- -- -- and -- -- -- -- But when I see these numbers I think is -- I mean is there any crap -- product mean what are they doing that it.
Well a lot of the money goes for.
To find nongovernmental organizations.
But also a lot of it goes through governments and the governments have their own objectives in mind and a lot of it is simply moving money into areas where they want to see.
Support its budget support were basically supporting the budgets of many Third World countries.
Through the UN development program.
Actually a lot of UN workers on the ground helping I know that food comes from me knowing they drop -- -- -- -- -- UN food for starving people I mean I know that there's a there's a lot -- stunt but what disturbs me is if we can't track it but there's a difference I think.
Get between humanitarian assistance in disasters in wartime in natural disasters on the one hand where I think the UN agencies like the high commissioner for refugees the World Food Program.
Do good work as opposed to what they call -- element.
Which is in in the multi lateral sense I think just the way of funding.
And at a time when our budget is constrained it seems to me this this is time to say you know maybe we've got other uses for this month.
I do see the humanitarian part of reducing food coming -- this guy I think he knows he always -- -- I know it's a development stuff I guess it didn't realize there's such a -- -- -- what's the distinction tell you mention.
Well I think this is something that as we look at what we're gonna do if we come up to the debt ceiling limitation.
Is President Obama really prepared to say that funding the UN development program is the same importance to our national government.
As paying the interest on our national debt.
It's like the contribution the UN development programs a couple hundred million dollars a year a whole UN system is -- -- eight billion dollars a year.
But one can ask what are you wanna spend our money on do we want to bring the -- down are we gonna continue to fund some of these programs.
Which is this report indicates she can't even prove their fact what I think Jimmy if ever -- -- it's it's one thing that funded if you know it's effective in helping people -- nothing to know this just sort of gets lost in the -- he had no idea -- went right I think we've got to prioritize our favor for use foreign economic assistance -- do it bilaterally I think the US gets a bigger bang for the buck and -- it through the UN.
And -- -- I thank you sir thank you.