United Nations is failing the world, Theresa May tells global leaders

United Nations is failing the world, Theresa May tells global leaders”

In her keynote speech at the United Nations General Assembly in NY, the Prime Minister said Britain will continue to be the second biggest contributor to the UN, but warned 30% of the annual £90 million core funding for the organisation's agencies would be ring fenced for agencies that showed "sufficient results".

The Prime Minister told the UN General Assembly in NY the organisation must change in order to "meet the challenges of the 21st century".

She presented Britain as an outward-facing country working to uphold the global order but echoed some of President Trump's message earlier in the week that financial contributions to the United Nations were now under threat.

She took a further swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump, criticizing him for moving to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate accord, which she said is an example of how nations can join together to pursue "fairness, justice and human rights".

Watched on by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Development Secretary Priti Patel, Mrs May garnered a round of applause from the assembly as she vowed Britain "will never let anyone destroy our way of life" following recent terror attacks.

She singled out Syria and North Korea, condemning the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons and Kim Jong-Un's highly-controversial nuclear weapons programme.

Mr Trump said: "It's great to have Prime Minister May from the United Kingdom and her representatives who are people who we know very well. We must do more", she said, urging reform.

But in pointing out its shortcomings, May made veiled mention to Russian Federation when she called out one Security Council member who she said has used its veto power as many times in the past five years as during the second half of the Cold War.

But, striking a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday, Mrs May hailed the UK-US relationship on security and defence as "the closest we have".

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