The Committee on Contributions meets annually for 3 to 4 weeks, usually in June of each year. The report of the Committee is considered by the General Assembly through the Fifth Committee at the following main session.
Every year the Committee considers requests for exemption under Article 19 of the Charter. The Committee also reviews the status of multi-year payment plans, and elements of the methodology of the scale of assessments.
The Committee held its seventy-second session from 4 to 29 June 2012. The report of the Committee is contained in document A/67/11.
With regard to the methodology for the scale of assessments for the period 2013-2015, the Committee:
(a) Decided to review the scale for the period 2013-2015 pursuant to rule 160 of the rules of procedure of the General Assembly and Assembly resolutions 58/1 B, 61/237 and 64/248;
(b) Recalled and reaffirmed its recommendation that the scale should be based on the most current, comprehensive and comparable data available for gross national income;
(c) Recalled and reaffirmed its recommendation that market exchange rates should be used in preparing the scale except where that caused excessive fluctuations and distortions in income;
(d) Decided to use United Nations operational rates for Myanmar and the Syrian Arab Republic;
(e) Agreed that, once selected, there were advantages in using the same base period for as long as possible;
(f) Considered the application of the new data to the methodology used in preparing the current scale and included the results for information;
(g) Decided to further consider all elements of the scale methodology at its seventy-third session in the light of any guidance from the General Assembly.
The Committee also decided to study further the questions of automatic annual recalculation and large scale-to-scale changes in rates of assessment on the basis of any guidance thereon by the General Assembly.
With regard to multi-year payment plans, the Committee noted the completion by Liberia of payments under its plan and recommended that the General Assembly encourage other Member States in arrears under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations to consider submitting multi-year payment plans.
With regard to the application of Article 19 of the Charter, the Committee recommended that the following Member States be permitted to vote in the General Assembly until the end of the sixty-seventh session of the Assembly: the Central African Republic, the Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia.
Under other matters the Committee decided to hold its seventy-third session from 3 to 21 June 2013.