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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 2 May 2017, the following Member State is in arrears under the terms of Article 19 and the General Assembly decided that it will not be permitted to vote in the Assembly until the end of its 71st session [See document A/71/764 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3 + Add.4 + Add.5 + Add.6 + Add.7]:

  1. Libya

On 3 October 2016, the General Assembly adopted resolution 71/2 by which it decided that the following four Member States, currently in arrears under the terms of Article 19 of the Charter, can vote in the Assembly until the end of the current session:

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

For more information, see the Committee on Contributions.

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