. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN's Uncertain Future

The United Nations General Assembly opens its 51st annual session Tuesday, facing uncertainties over its finances and the leadership of the organization because of U.S. opposition to Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Privately, many diplomats and UN believe the future of the organization depends on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election Nov. 5.

They hope that if President Bill Clinton wins re-election, he will have a freer hand in paying the U.S. bills: almost half of the $2.9 billion owed the UN.

But some UN officials say Boutros-Ghali is a scapegoat for UN shortcomings worldwide and opposition will remain regardless of the election result.