Peace Operations Response Mechanism
FY2016 Funding Recommendation:
President's FY2016 Request
InterAction's FY2016 Recommendation
*This is a new program request.
The Peace Operations Response Mechanism proposed by the President in his FY2016 budget request would fund unanticipated peacekeeping needs, including both new and expanded operations by UN or non-UN forces. This funding would be in addition to that provided in traditional peacekeeping accounts: Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) and Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities (CIPA).
Crises can arise at any time, without regard to the U.S. budget cycle. In 2013, the President’s budget did not include a request for the Mali mission (MINUSMA), which negatively impacted Congress’ ability to fund MINUSMA in the FY14 Omnibus. In 2014, the President did not include additional funding for the Central African Republic peacekeeping mission in his original request because the mission was not authorized at the time of the budget release; funding for the CAR mission had to be included in a later OCO budget amendment. This response mechanism can be an effective way to deal with the budgetary challenges created by crises or unexpected scenarios that require the deployment of new or the expansion of existing peacekeeping missions. It would provide the United States with the flexibility to respond quickly – ensuring that these operations are funded even if they were unanticipated at the time of the President’s budget – without undermining other critical areas of demonstrated need.