Welcome to the United Nations. It's your world.
Back to top

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 14 April 2014, the General Assembly decided that the following Member State shall not be permitted to vote in the Assembly until the end of its 68th session [See document A/68/716 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3 + Add.4 + Add.5 + Add.6 + Add.7 + Add.8 + Add.9 + Add.10]:

  1. Yemen

On 9 October 2013, the General Assembly adopted resolution 68/5 by which it decided that the following five Member States could vote in the Assembly until the end of the current session:

  1. Central African Republic
  2. Comoros
  3. Guinea-Bissau
  4. Sao Tome and Principe
  5. Somalia

For more information, see the Committee on Contributions.