General Assembly Adopts 2012/13 Peacekeeping Budget of Just over $7 Billion for 14 Operations, Acting on Recommendations of Fifth Committee

21 June 2012
GA/11256

General Assembly Adopts 2012/13 Peacekeeping Budget of Just over $7 Billion for 14 Operations, Acting on Recommendations of Fifth Committee

21 June 2012
General Assembly
GA/11256
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-sixth General Assembly

Plenary

117th Meeting (AM)

General Assembly Adopts 2012/13 Peacekeeping Budget of Just over $7 Billion

for 14 Operations, Acting on Recommendations of Fifth Committee

 

The General Assembly today, acting on the recommendations of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), adopted a peacekeeping budget of just more than $7 billion for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.

The funding approved today — for 14 peacekeeping missions, the Logistics Base in Brindisi and the peacekeeping support account — is broken down as follows:

Mission

Total Appropriation

MINURSO ( Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara)

$60.79 million

MINUSTAH (Stabilization Mission in Haiti)

$676.70 million

MONUSCO (Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo)

$1.40 billion

UNAMID (Hybrid Operation in Darfur)

$1.51 billion

UNDOF (Disengagement Observer Force)

$47.99 million

UNFICYP (Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus)

$56.97 million

UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon)

$546.90 million

UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei)

$269.19 million

UNMIK ( Mission in Kosovo)

$49.02 million

UNMIL ( Mission in Liberia)

$518.09 million

UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan)

$876.16 million

UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste)

$162.21 million

UNOCI (United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire)

$600.15 million

UNSOA (United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia)

$455.98 million

The text for each mission sets forth the provisions for apportioning the sums among the Member States, as well as any offsets that might apply.

The Assembly also adopted budgets for four political missions, a revised rest and recuperation cycle for staff at duty stations where danger pay applied and a one-time supplemental payment of nearly $60 million over the next year for troop-contributing countries.

All the texts — 23 in all — were approved by consensus, except a draft resolution on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which was adopted by a recorded vote of 145 in favour to 3 against, with no abstentions (see Annex II).

Before the resolution was adopted, a separate vote was requested on language in preamblular paragraphs 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13, including a call for Israel to pay some $1.1 million for damages caused during a 1996 incident at the southern Lebanese village of Qana.  Members States retained the paragraphs by a vote of 97 in favour to 3 against, with 49 abstentions (see Annex I).

Syria’s delegate, who voted in favour, said the responsibility for financing UNIFIL should be borne by Israel, as that country’s action had caused the establishment of the Force.

After the resolution on financing the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) was adopted by consensus, the representative of Denmark, on behalf of the European Union, said there should be no backdating of payments of troop costs and contingent-owned equipment before the actual integration of any forces under the command of the African Union.  For UNSOA, he said, no payment should be made before date of signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union and the troop-contributing country, and the number of troops should be verified before any payment was made.

The meeting began at 10:15 a.m. and adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

Background

The General Assembly had before it 23 draft resolutions and decisions, mostly related to the peacekeeping budget, recommended by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).

Action on Drafts

Opening today’s meeting, Fifth Committee Rapporteur NOEL GONZALEZ SEGURA ( Mexico) presented the Committee’s reports containing draft resolutions and decisions for Assembly action.

Acting without a vote on the first text on the international residual mechanism for criminal tribunals (document A/66/843), the Assembly took note of the Secretary-General’s report on the construction of a new facility for the archives of the mechanism’s Arusha branch and authorized expenditures in the amount of $3 million to cover expenses for the design phase of the project, as set out in paragraph 6 of Assembly resolution 66/240.

The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit during the first part of its resumed sixty-seventh session a report providing more details on the key decision points regarding the conceptual design, project plan and overall cost estimate, as well as information on his efforts to reduce the duration of the construction project for the Arusha branch of the mechanism.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote a resolution on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/66/626/Add.1), by which it expressed concern that there was weakness in the oversight of procurement and requested the Secretary-General to provide an overall analysis of those activities throughout United Nations peacekeeping operations in order to enhance its management in a more accountable manner, in the context of his next report on implementation of the recommendations of the Board concerning those operations.

The Assembly also took note of the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Board concerning United Nations peacekeeping operations for the financial period ended 30 June 2011.  It requested the Secretary-General to ensure the full implementation of the Board’s recommendations and the related recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) “in a prompt and timely manner” and further requested him to continue to indicate an expected time frame for such implementation.

By a text on special subjects relating to the programme budget for the biennium 2012-2013 (document A/66/637/Add.2), adopted without a vote the Assembly approved a total amount of $47.8 million for the budgets of the four special political missions authorized by the General Assembly and/or the Security Council, namely the Office of the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis; the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sudan and South Sudan; the United Nations Support Mission in Libya; and the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).  It also endorsed a charge of that amount against the provision appropriated for special political missions under Section 3, Political Affairs, of the programme budget for the biennium 2012-2013.  Further, it authorized the additional requirements for UNPOS for 2012 in the amount of $2.99 million.

In part II, the Assembly endorsed the conclusions and recommendations of the ACABQ report that analysed administrative and financial implications of the decisions and recommendations contained in the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) report for 2011.  ACABQ had recommended the Secretary-General provide information to the Assembly, including:  the total expenditures for hazard pay in 2011; the estimated total annual requirements for danger pay; the estimated number of staff by category and duty station eligible for a four-week rest and recuperation cycle under the current rest and recuperation frameworks; and the estimated number of staff by category and duty station eligible for a six week rest and recuperation cycle under the current rest and recuperation frameworks.

In part III, it also decided that the position of the Director of the Umoja enterprise resource planning project shall be at the level of Assistant Secretary-General, effective from 1 July 2012.

Next, the Assembly, through a decision on the subvention to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the subvention to the court in the context of the performance report on the programme budget for the biennium 2012-2013.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote a text on the United Nations common system (document A/66/644/Add.1), which recalled that, in its resolution 66/235, the Assembly had approved a revised rest and recuperation framework linked to “danger pay” on the understanding that danger pay would apply only in extraordinary situations where staff were at high risk as a direct consequence of their employment in the United Nations.  The number of danger pay recipients would be substantially reduced from the number of recipients of the previous “hazard pay”, and implementation of danger pay would result in reduced financial requirements system-wide.

The Assembly noted with concern that the current situation on the applicability of danger pay was significantly different from the information presented during its consideration of the rest and recuperation framework.  It, therefore, approved, with effect on 1 July 2012, the revised set of criteria for the granting of rest and recuperation travel and the corresponding frequencies of travel as contained in the annex to the addendum of the report of the ICSC (document A/66/30 Add.1).

Turning to a number of draft resolutions on the administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing of the United Nations peacekeeping operations (document A/66/834), the Assembly adopted without a vote resolution I on cross-cutting issues, which covered matters related to budget presentation and financial management, peacekeeping personnel, operational requirements, and special measures for protection against sexual exploitation and abuse.

By the text, the Assembly paid tribute to all United Nations peacekeepers who had been wounded in the line of duty or who had paid the ultimate sacrifice while working in the pursuit of peace.  It also expressed appreciation for all United Nations personnel performing peacekeeping functions and urged the Secretary-General to make every effort to reduce the recruitment lead time for staff in the field missions and enhance the transparency of the staffing process.

The Assembly also reaffirmed the need for full implementation of the Organization’s “zero tolerance” policy of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping operations, and emphasized that all such acts should be investigated and punished without delay.  Further by the text, the Assembly expressed concern at the number of investigations that had not been completed, as well as the number of new cases of sexual exploitation and abuse being reported.  Though the number of allegations had declined, the Assembly regretted that the proportion of those allegations regarding the most egregious forms of exploitation had not decreased.  Under the category of other issues, the Assembly approved, on an exceptional basis, a one-time supplemental payment of $59,999,999 to troop-contributing countries during the period from 1 July 2012 to 31 March 2013.

The Assembly also adopted without a vote resolution II on the support account for peacekeeping operations and thus approved for that account requirements in the amount of $317.99 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $37.33 million for the enterprise resource planning project pursuant to its resolution 66/246 of 24 December 2011.  It also applied $2.47 million in excess of the authorized level of the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund for the period ended 30 June 2011, to the resource requirement for the year ending 30 June 2013.

In resolution III, adopted without a vote, on financing the United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy, the Assembly approved the 2012/13 cost estimates for the Logistics Base in the amount of $68.62 million.  It also decided to consider at its sixty-seventh session the question of financing the United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy.

Next, the Assembly adopted without a vote a resolution on financing of United Nations Mission Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/66/632/Add.1), earmarking for the Special Account for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei the amount of $269.19 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $257.93 million for the maintenance of the Interim Security Force, $10.68 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $583,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote a text on financing of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) (document A/66/841), by which it reduced the appropriation approved for the maintenance and administrative liquidation of the Mission for the period from 1 July 2010 to 3 June 2011 under the terms of its resolution 65/254 A of 24 December 2010, from $239.09 million to $236.25 million, equal to expenditures incurred by the Mission during that period.

The Assembly went on to adopt without a vote a resolution on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/66/633/Add.1) and thus apportioned to the Special Account for the Operation the amount of $600.15 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $575.01 million for the maintenance of the Operation, $23.83 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.3 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

It then adopted without a vote a text on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/66/835).  The Assembly allocated to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $56.97 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $54.57 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.26 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $123,800 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

The Assembly next adopted without a vote a resolution on financing of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC); and financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/66/584/Add.1).  For the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, $1.4 billion was appropriated to the Special Account for MONUSCO, inclusive of $1.34 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $55.64 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $3.03 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Adopting the text on financing of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) (document A/66/839) without a vote, the Assembly allotted to the Special Account for the Mission the amount of $162.21 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $155.42 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $6.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $351,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Adopted next without a vote was a text on financing of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) (document A/66/842).  The Assembly stated that Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission shall be credited with their respective share of the net cash available in the Special Account for the Mission in the amount of $9.08 million as at 30 April 2012.  For Member States that had not fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission, their respective share of the net cash available in the Special Account for the Mission in the amount of $9.08 million as of 30 April 2012 shall be set off against their outstanding obligations.

The Assembly, in a text on financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) (document A/66/832), adopted without a vote, took note of the status of contributions to the Mission as at 30 April 2012, including the contributions outstanding in the amount of $3.9 million, or some 1 per cent of the total assessed contributions.  As such, it noted with concern that only 157 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full and urged all other Member States, particularly those in arrears, to ensure full payment of their outstanding contributions.

For the final disposition of the assets of that Mission, the Assembly took note of the Secretary-General’s related report and decided to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-seventh session the item entitled “Financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia”.  The Secretary-General’s report had noted that as of 1 July 2009, the Mission’s total inventory value was $22.71 million.

By a text on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/66/846) adopted without a vote, the Assembly appropriated to the Special Account for that Mission the amount of $676.7 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $648.39 million for the maintenance of MINUSTAH, $26.84 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.46 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Further, the Assembly took note of the fact that, as of 30 April 2012, $124.4 million was outstanding to MINUSTAH and that only 77 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full.  The Assembly allocated up to $8 million for the community violence reduction programme in Haiti through 30 June 2013.

Next, also without a vote, the Assembly adopted a draft on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/66/845), allotting to the Special Account for UNMIK the amount of $49.02 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $46.96 million for the maintenance of the Interim Mission, $1.95 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $106,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Continuing, the Assembly adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/66/838) without a vote.  The amount appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL was $518.09 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $496.4 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $20.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.12 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

The Assembly then adopted without a vote a draft resolution on financing of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/66/840), authorizing $47.99 million to be appropriated to the Special Account for the Observer Force from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $46 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $1.89 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $103,500 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Next, the Assembly took up the text on financing the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/66/833).  A single separate vote was requested on the fourth preambular paragraph, and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

By a vote of 97 in favour to 3 against ( Canada, Israel, United States), with 49 abstentions, the Assembly retained those paragraphs (see Annex I).

The Assembly then adopted the resolution as a whole, by a vote of 145 in favour to 3 against ( Canada, Israel, United States), with no abstentions (see Annex II).  It, thus, appropriated to the Interim Force the amount of $546.9 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $524 million for the maintenance of UNIFIL, $21.7 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.18 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Also by its terms, the Assembly expressed “deep concern” that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested the Secretary-General to take measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of the relevant paragraphs of those resolutions, and stressed once again that “Israel shall pay the amount of $1,117,005 resulting from the incident at Qana on 18 April 1996”.

Speaking after the vote, Syria’s delegate said he had voted in favour of the resolution.  The responsibility for financing UNIFIL should be borne by Israel, as its actions had caused the establishment of the force.

Moving on, the Assembly adopted without a vote a draft resolution on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/66/634/Add.1) and thus apportioned to the Special Account for the Mission the amount of $876.16 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $839.49 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $34.77 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.89 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Next, the Assembly adopted without a vote a text on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/66/836), appropriating to the Special Account for the Mission the amount of $60.79 million for the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $58.25 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.41 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $131,700 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Also adopted without a vote was a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/66/837).  The Assembly appropriated to the Special Account for the Operation the amount of $1.51 billion from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $1.44 billion for the maintenance of the Operation, $60.04 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $3.27 million for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

By a text on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/66/844), the Assembly, without a vote, appropriated to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) the amount of $455.98 million from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013, inclusive of $436.9 million for the maintenance of the entity, $18.08 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $987,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy.

Speaking after action, Denmark, on behalf of the European Union, said that while he was pleased that funding had been agreed for the next 12 months for UNSOA, it was a matter of principle that there should be no backdating of payments of troop costs and contingent-owned equipment before the actual integration of any forces under the command of the African Union.  In the specific case of UNSOA, no payment should be made before the date of signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the African Union and the troop-contributing country.  He strongly believed that the number of troops should be verified before any payment was made.

Finally, under the last agenda item “review of the efficiency of the administrative and financial functioning of the United Nations,” the Assembly adopted without a vote a decision on questions deferred for future consideration (document A/66/638/Add.2).  By the text, the Assembly deferred — until the second resumed session of the sixth-seventh session — consideration of the Secretary-General’s report on the updated financial position of closed peacekeeping missions as of 30 June 2012 (document A/66/665) and the related report of ACABQ (document A/66/713), as well as the Secretary-General’s report on the budget performance of the United Nations Mission in Sudan from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 (document A/66/608) and the related report of ACABQ (document A/66/718/Add.5).

ANNEX I

Vote on Separate Paragraphs on Financing United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

Preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13 of the draft resolution on financing for United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/66/833) was retained by a recorded vote of 97 in favour to 3 against, with 49 abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Canada, Israel, United States.

Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

Absent:  Azerbaijan, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

ANNEX II

Vote on Financing United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

The draft resolution on financing United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/66/833) was adopted by a recorded vote of 145 in favour to 3 against with no abstentions, as follows:

In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Against:  Canada, Israel, United States.

Abstain:  None.

Absent:  Azerbaijan, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

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