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The United Nations: Benefiting the U.S. Economy

For more than six decades, the United States’ engagement in the United Nations has clearly supported U.S. foreign policy goals. Less obvious is the fact that the U.S derives significant economic benefits from that engagement, through UN procurement of American goods and services and economic returns to local New York businesses. In fact, for every $1 invested by the United States in the United Nations Secretariat, our nation receives over $1.60 in return. Breakdown of UN economic benefits to the U.S.: UN Secretariat economic benefits to the U.S. per year based on latest figures available: UN Secretariat Procurement from U.S. in 2010: $832 million Economic benefit to NYC: $3.3 billion

Estimated benefit to the U.S. in one year: $4.13 billion U.S. Contributions to the UN Secretariat: U.S. to UN Regular Budget in 2010: $516 million U.S. to UN Peacekeeping in 2010: $1.887 billion U.S. to the Capital Master Plan (as pledged in 2010): $75 million Estimated U.S. contribution to the UN Secretariat: $2.478 billion 4.13 á 2.478 = $1.66

While the U.S. contributes $2.478 billion to the UN Secretariat, we receive $4.12 billion in economic benefits from the UN. This means that for every dollar the U.S. pays, we receive more than $1.60 in return.

The UN Supports the U.S. Economy by Buying American Goods and Services


1SPDVSJOH"NFSJDBO(PPETBOE4FSWJDFT In 2010, the UN Secretariat bought $832 million in goods and services from American companies. In fact, more than 3,500 U.S. headquartered companies – with locations as diverse as San Jose, CA; Southfield, MI; Morrisville, NC; and Miami, FL – provide reliable goods and services that the UN utilizes to advance its various missions. The table below shows a sample of American companies – which include Ford, Caterpillar, and CISCO – that contracted with the UN in 2010. These procurement contracts stem from the Capital Master Plan, Secretariat operations, and field missions. 4BNQMFPG647FOEPSTUPUIF6/ 64$PNQBOZ 


Skanska USA Building Inc.

Whitestone, NY


Construction management, infrastructure

Ford Motor Company (Global Fleet Sales Inc.)

Southfield, MI


Light trucks, vans, and buses, heavy duty utility vehicle


Peoria, IL


Engineering equipment

Terex Corporation

Westport, CT


Mobile cranes

CISCO Systems Inc.

San Jose, CA


Equipment and accessories for connecting electronic data processing equipment in to networks

American Power Conversion

West Kensington, RI


Un-interrupted power supply (UPS) equipment & high density cooling system

Helpern Architects

New York, NY


Construction administration phase, design development phase, construction documents

Fisher Asset Management LLC

Redwood City, CA


Investment management services

Doosan Infracore America Corp.

Suwanee, GA


Industrial forklifts

Lenovo, Inc.

Morrisville, NC


Micro-computers, software packages, printing and plotting devices

World Fuel Services Corporation

Miami, FL


Aviation fuel

t$BQJUBM.BTUFS1MBO The Capital Master Plan is a five-year project to renovate


UN headquarters in New York by updating building and fire


safety codes so that they comply with current standards

serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation, helping

for security, energy efficiency, and accessibility. Con-

its members use nuclear technology safely and securely. The

struction began in 2008 and U.S. companies have been

IAEA sets safety standards for nuclear energy and conducts in-

awarded 80 of the 82 contracts – a total investment of $1.7 billion in the U.S. economy over five years. As part of our assessed dues, the U.S. will contribute $377 million to the $1.95 billion total project budget. Consequently, for every dollar the U.S. puts into the Capital Master Plan, it gets back $4.50.

t6/1FBDFLFFQJOH0QFSBUJPOT In 2010, the U.S. received $188 million in procurement for UN peacekeeping operations. This went to support 15 UN peacekeeping missions, which currently have more than 120,000

spections to ensure that Member States use nuclear technology in accordance with non-proliferation agreements. t1BO"NFSJDBO)FBMUI0SHBOJ[BUJPO 1")0 PAHO is the regional branch of the World Health Organization which focuses on improving the health and living standards of the people of the Americas. PAHO strengthens national and local health systems and improves the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and others. t'PPEBOE"HSJDVMUVSF0SHBOJ[BUJPO '"0 FAO works to achieve food security for the world’s population, guarantee-

troops and personnel deployed around the globe, making

ing people have regular access to enough high-quality food to

it the second largest deployed military force in the world.

lead active and healthy lives. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of

American companies are on the ground in places like Haiti,

nutrition, improve agricultural activities, better the lives of rural

Lebanon, South Sudan, and Liberia supporting these critical

populations, and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

peacekeeping missions by offering telecommunications lines,


information technology services, earthmoving machines, and

Labor Organization (ILO) is the only tripartite UN agency

building materials.

with government, employer, and worker representatives. This


businesses, and employees alike can freely and openly debate

New York City benefits greatly from the daily business of UN

structure makes the ILO a unique forum in which governments, and create international labor standards and policies.

headquarters; the UN is an “enormous economic enterprise� whose revenues come from national governments around the world, but are spent largely in New York. A past estimate put New York City’s annual economic gain from having the UN headquartered there at $3.3 billion. In addition, visitors attending UN conferences held in New York infuse millions into the City’s economy; the annual opening of the General Assembly session alone is comparable to a major international convention or sporting event. Moreover, this type of annual conference is not affected by economic recessions, so these large expenditures will be made each year, which can be especially beneficial in a down economy. Finally, New York City benefits greatly from tourism - the UN hosts an average of over 1 million visitors in New York every year, providing business to local hotels and restaurants.

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The Better World Campaign (BWC), an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations through outreach, communications, and advocacy. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. In these efforts, BWC engages policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations.

The United Nations: Benefiting the U.S. Economy  
The United Nations: Benefiting the U.S. Economy  

For more than six decades, the United States’ engagement in the United Nations has clearly supported U.S. foreign policy goals. Less obviou...