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Terms of reference and legislative mandates

Rule 160 of the rules of procedure of the General Assembly sets out the general mandate of the Committee.

Rule 160 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly
The Committee on Contributions shall advise the General Assembly concerning the apportionment, under Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Charter, of the expenses of the Organization among Members, broadly according to capacity to pay. The scale of assessments , when once fixed by the General Assembly, shall not be subject to a general revision for at least three years unless it is clear that there have been substantial changes in relative capacity to pay. The Committee shall also advise the General Assembly on the assessments to be fixed for new Members, on appeals by Members for a change of assessments and on the action to be taken with regard to the application of Article 19 of the Charter.

In accordance with this rule, reports of the Committee on Contributions are considered by the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly under the agenda item Scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the United Nations.

The most recent decision of the General Assembly regarding the scale for the regular budget is contained in resolution 67/238 of 24 December 2012.  Resolution 67/239 endorsed the updated levels of contribution for peacekeeping operations.

The Committee on Contributions conducts its work on the basis of its general mandate, as contained in rule 163; the original terms of reference of the Committee contained in chapter IX, section 2, paragraphs 13 and 14, of the report of the Preparatory Commission (PC/20) and in the report of the Fifth Committee (A/44), adopted during the first part of the first session of the General Assembly on 13 February 1946 (resolution 14 (I) A, para. 3); and the mandate contained in other resolutions of the General Assembly (see below).

A/RES/14(I)                                        13 February 1946
A/RES/46/221 B                                20 December 1991
A/RES/48/223 C                                23 December 1993
A/RES/53/36 D                                  18 December 1998
A/RES/54/237 C                                23 December 1999
A/RES/54/237 D                                7 April 2000
A/RES/55/5 B and A/RES/55/5 D   23 December 2000
A/RES/57/4 B                                     20 December 2002
A/RES/58/1 A                                     16 October 2003
A/RES/58/1 B                                     23 December 2003
A/RES/59/1 A                                     11 October 2004
A/RES/59/1 B                                     23 December 2004
A/RES/60/237                                    23 December 2005
A/RES/61/2                                        12 October 2006
A/RES/61/237                                   22 December 2006
A/RES/64/238                                   24 December 2009
A/RES/67/238                                   24 December 2012