The Secretary-General must balance between US demands for budget constraint and the UN’s needs.
Asia’s middle powers are fighting a dogged defence of US trade values while Washington vacillates.
Short-termism by Washington and Tel Aviv will likely have them rue their decision to leave UNESCO.
Canberra will face criticism of its own human rights record as it seeks a seat on the UNHCR.
The muted Russia-China rivalry has extended to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
US intelligence partners will continue to share information but with more restrictive protocols.