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Total UN System Contributions

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Data compiled by Klaus Hüfner (Senior Research Fellow, Global Policy Forum)

The following tables offer a summary of the total UN system estimated expenditures. The UN regular Budget and the Peacekeeping Operations Budget are funded by assessed contributions to all UN member states. The UN Specialized Agencies are partly funded through assessed contributions and partly through voluntary contributions. The UN Programmes and Funds are generally funded solely with voluntary contributions. While some data in the table below represents actual expenditures of funds, much of it represents approved budgets.

Total UN System Contributions, 1971-2013

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ASSESSED CONTRIBUTIONS VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS GRAND TOTAL
Year UN Regular Budget (1) UN Peacekeeping Operations Budgets (2) UN Specialized Agencies (3) Total Assessed Contributions (4) Selected UN Programmes and Funds (5) UN Specialized Agencies (6) Total Voluntary Contribu-tions (7) (4)+(7)
1971 157 24 213 394 584 182 766 1.160
1972 177 24 236 437 649 235 884 1.321
1973 188 37 273 498 729 250 979 1.477
1974 223 131 327 681 839 290 1.129 1.810
1975 280 153 367 800 1.186 461 1.647 2.447
1976 320 153 469 942 1.163 446 1.609 2.551
1977 338 153 517 1.008 1.245 393 1.638 2.646
1978 424 202 590 1.216 1.538 480 2.018 3.234
1979 500 186 673 1.359 2.095 571 2.666 4.025
1980 534 141 792 1.467 2.558 734 3.292 4.759
1981 587 141 836 1.564 2.600 804 3.404 4.968
1982 605 141 891 1.637 2.519 756 3.275 4.912
1983 588 141 902 1.631 2.485 775 3.260 4.891
1984 650 141 922 1.713 2.513 754 3.267 4.980
1985 658 141 932 1.731 2.792 765 3.557 5.288
1986 700 242 981 1.923 2.672 953 3.625 5.548
1987 725 240 1.013 1.978 2.849 933 3.782 5.760
1988 724 266 1.264 2.254 3.471 1.129 4.600 6.854
1989 747 635 1.265 2.647 3.681 1.183 4.864 7.511
1990 791 464 1.378 2.633 3.970 1.347 5.317 7.950
1991 921 490 1.402 2.813 4.839 1.376 6.215 9.028
1992 1.038 1.767 1.620 4.425 5.336 1.271 6.607 11.032
1993 1.086 3.059 1.593 5.738 5.600 1.218 6.818 12.556
1994 1.067 3.342 1.703 6.112 5.524 1.059 6.583 12.695
1995 1.135 3.364 1.720 6.219 5.275 1.151 6.426 12.645
1996 1.137 1.522 1.901 4.560 5.366 1.126 6.492 11.052
1997 1.111 1.226 1.866 4.203 5.506 1.057 6.563 10.766
1998 1.086 907 1.792 3.785 5.798 1.151 6.949 10.734
1999 1.084 1.100 1.786 3.970 6.251 1.123 7.374 11.344
2000 1.089 1.800 1.766 4.655 5.681 1.406 7.087 11.742
2001 1.074 2.500 1.772 5.346 6.734 1.511 8.245 13.591
2002 1.149 2.284 1.740 5.173 8.629 1.851 10.480 15.653
2003 1.409 2.501 1.782 5.692 9.319 1.904 11.223 16.915
2004 1.483 2.934 2.032 6.449 10.641 2.183 12.824 19.273
2005 1.828 4.074 2.053 7.955 12.292 2.412 14.704 22.659
2006 1.755 4.583 2.110 8.448 12.485 2.758 15.243 23.691
2007 2.054 5.148 2.198 9.343 13.473 3.225 16.698 26.098
2008 1.880 6.723 2.303 10.908 15.408 2.693 18.101 29.007
2009 2.499 7.061 2.309 11.868 16.591 3.189 19.780 31.649
2010 2.167 7.828 2.587 12.582 17.170 3.653 20.823 33.405
2011 2.415 7.573 2.604 12.592 17.365 3.711 21.076 33.668
2012 2.412 7.923 2.696 13.031 17.383 3.738 21.121 34.152
2013 2.606 7.257 2.738 12.601 15.772 4.067 19.839 32.440

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Sources:

Data on UN Regular Budget and UN Specialized Agencies from Klaus Hüfner and United Nations/General Assembly: Statistical Report by the Administrative Committee on Coordination Data on Peacekeeping Operations from Michael Renner of Worldwatch Institute Data on UN Programmes and Funds from Klaus Hüfner of UNA-Germany.

Table notes:

All sums are rounded in $US millions.

The data presented does not include the assessed contribution expenditures for International Tribunals, which are a separate but relatively small item. Nor do they include the assessed contributions for the Capital Master Plan, an even smaller budget, introduced in 2003 to cover renovation costs of the UN headquarters.

(1) The data on the Regular Budget represents approved budgets rather than actual expenditures.

(2) Since 1996 the Peacekeeping budget is measured by July-June basis instead of by calendar year. GPF has calculated the calendar year figures since 1996 by adding the prior and the current years' figures and dividing by two. From 2000 onwards, peacekeeping data represent approved budgets rather than actual expenditures.

(3) The data on assessed budgets for the UN Specialized Agencies represent approved budgets rather than actual expenditures. The Specialized Agencies include FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation), ILO (International Labor Organisation), UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) since 1986, WHO (World Health Organisation), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IMO (International Maritime Organisation), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), UPU (Universal Postal Union), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), WMO (World Meteorologial Organization) and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency). The IAEA although not formally a Specialized Agency, is also financed by assessed contributions. While the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have Specialized Agency status, they are not included here since they are differently funded.

(4) The Programs, Funds, and other Organs include UNCDF (United Nations Capital Development Fund) since 1973, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) since 1973, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), UNHCR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) until 1986, UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), UNRWA (UN Relief & Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East), UNU (United Nations University) since 1975, and WFP (World Food Programme)

 

 

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