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Countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions under the terms of Article 19 of the UN Charter

"A Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a Member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member." [Chapter IV, UN Charter]

As of 28 May 2010, six Member States are in arrears and fall under the provisions of Article 19 of the UN Charter [see letters from the Secretary-General to the President of the General Assembly, A/64/631 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3 + Add.4 + Add.5 + Add.6 + Add.7 + Add.8 + Add.9 + Add.10 ]:

  • Central African Republica
  • Comorosa
  • Guinea-Bissaua
  • Liberiaa
  • Sao Tome and Principea
  • Somaliaa

a The General Assembly decided, by its resolution 64/2 of 8 October 2009, that these Member States should be permitted to vote in the General Assembly until the end of the 64th session.

For more information see the Committee on Contributions.