Ban seeks more peacekeeping funds

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Washington, DC yesterday in an effort to seek support for reducing the U.S. deficit in peacekeeping dues.

“He’s meeting with congressional leaders, mostly talking about peacekeeping funding,” said Deborah DeYoung, information officer for the United Nations Information Centre in Washington.

“He’s been here twice before this year, and probably be coming back and forth a good bit. It’s a new era, and he’s keen to get to know people and keen to let them know his priorities.”

The timing of Ban’s trip coincided with the Better World Campaign–which gave the House of Representatives a petition on Tuesday signed by 32,000 people from all 50 states urging Congress to pay off $569 million in arrears.