Countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions under the terms of Article 19 of the UN Charter

Under Article 19 of the Charter, a Member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly. An exception is allowed if the Member State can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to this inability to pay.

As of 22 February 2018, eight (8) Member States are subject to the provisions of Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations [see A/72/713, A/72/713/Add.1, A/72/713/Add.2, A/72/713/Add.3].

In its resolution 72/2 of 9 October 2017, entitled "Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations: requests under Article 19 of the Charter", the General Assembly decided that the following Member States, although in arrears in the payment of their dues, shall be permitted to vote until the end of the current session:

  1. Comoros
  2. Guinea-Bissau
  3. Sao Tome and Principe
  4. Somalia

Therefore, there are currently four (4) Member States that do not have a vote in the 72nd session of the General Assembly:

  1. Central African Republic
  2. Libya
  3. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  4. Yemen

For more information, see the Committee on Contributions.

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