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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.

Six Member States are currently in arrears in the payment of their dues. As of 1 February 2016, one Member State has no vote in the General Assembly (See documents A/70/722 + Add.1+ Add.2 + Add.3 + Add.4 + Add.5 + Add.6) and five Member States (*) are permitted to vote until the end of the current session (See resolution 70/2):

  1. Comoros (*)
  2. Guinea-Bissau (*)
  3. Libya
  4. Sao Tome and Principe (*)
  5. Somalia (*)
  6. Yemen (*)

For more information, see the Committee on Contributions.