2 January 2013

Sudan Behind On Paying 2012 Dues to the United Nations

Photo: UN Photo/David Manyua
UN peacekeepers in Sudan (file photo).

Washington — Sudan has missed the December 31 deadline to pay its 2012 annual dues to the United Nations.

According to the UN General Secretariat report Sudan has been assessed to pay 0.010% of world body's regular budget in 2012 which amounts to $236,317.

But it is not just Sudan that owes money to the UN.

According to the UN Tribune blog among the countries that also have not yet paid are Comoros Islands, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, Venezuela and the United States.

As the United Nations' single biggest contributor, the US is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the UN peacekeeping budget and slightly less than a quarter of the separate UN regular budget.

The two countries with the lowest assessed dues - Central African Republic and the Solomon Islands - have both paid their $23,000 share.

South Sudan which became independent in July 2011 has yet to be assessed by the budget committee which met in June 2011 to determine the 2012 contributions.

Overall Sudan is among one of fifty UN member states that have not paid into the 2012 budget.

According to the UN committee on contributions, the UN expenses are split among members "broadly according to capacity to pay".

Under Article 19 of the UN 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".

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