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Member States' Assessed Share of the UN Budget

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Assessments of Member States' Contribution to the UN Regular Budget

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The Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee of the UN General Assembly decides on the scale of assessments for contributions to the Regular Budget every third year. The scale of assessments reflects a country's capacity to pay (measured by factors such as a country's national income and size of population).

The Peacekeeping Budget assessments are based on the Regular Budget rates, but with discounts for poor countries. The five permanent members of the Security Council, who approve all peacekeeping operations, pay extra fees to compensate for those discounts. A "ceiling" rate sets the maximum amount of any member state's assessed share of the Regular and Peacekeeping Budgets. The US is the only member that is affected by those ceilings. Consequently the US pays less than its share of the world economy. (There is also a minimum rate of 0.001% to the Regular Budget for poor countries.)

In December 2000, the Fifth Committee voted to lower the ceiling rate from 25% to 22% for the Regular Budget. The US had promised to pay its longstanding debt to the UN in exchange for lower assessments. As of December 31, 2010, the US owed $736 million (or 80% of all member states debt) to the UN Regular Budget.



Assessments

 

    Year        
    Resolution
    2015 ST/ADM/SER.B/910
    2014 ST/ADM/SER.B/889
    2013 ST/ADM/SER.B/866
    2012 ST/ADM/SER.B/853
    2011 ST/ADM/SER.B/824
    2010 ST/ADM/SER.B/789
    2009 ST/ADM/SER.B/755
    2008 ST/ADM/SER.B/719
    2007 ST/ADM.SER.B/701
    2006 ST/ADM/SER.B/668
    2005 ST/ADM/SER.B/638
    2004 ST/ADM/SER.B/612
    2003 ST/ADM/SER.B/597
    2002 ST/DAM.SER.B/582
    2001 ST/ADM/SER.B/568
    2000 ST/ADM/SER.B/551
    1999 ST/ADM/SER.B/534
    1998 ST/ADM/SER.B/519
    1997 ST/ADM/SER.B/503
    1996 ST/ADM/SER.B/482
    1995 ST/ADM/SER.B/456
    1994 ST/ADM/SER.B/422

       

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