Just 22 countries out of 192 11.4 % are paid-in-full members of the United Nations, a UN official said.
Those nations have paid all of what they owed for the world body’s 2008/09 core budget, peacekeeping, international tribunals and renovations to UN headquarters in New York, said Angela Kane, UN under secretary-general for management.
They are Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Congo, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, the Philippines, Singapore, Italy, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Tajikistan.
The rest including the United States, the top contributor to the United Nations have yet to pay all their dues, Kane said.
“The financial health of the organization depends on member states including the major contributors meeting their financial obligations in full and on time,” she said.
She said UN members still owed a total of $3.1 billion (R23 billion) for 2008/09 $2.1 billion (R15 billion) for peacekeeping, $828 million (R6218 million) for the core budget, $63 million (R473 million) for the international tribunals and $86 million (R646 million) for renovations to UN headquarters.
There are 123 countries that have cleared their bills for the UN core budget and 119 that have paid for the UN renovations. Only 84 have paid for UN international tribunals.
While Kane did not say how many countries had settled their peacekeeping bill, she said the outstanding debt of $2.1 billion (R15 billion) is $813 million (R6108 million) lower than what was owed a year ago.
“The bottom line is really while unpaid (bills) have decreased for peacekeeping the number of members states meeting their obligations in full across all categories is lower than one year ago, which is not so good,” Kane said.
The US has said it was ready to pay the more than $2 billion (R15 billion) in new and old contributions it owes the United Nations for peacekeeping operations.
Washington is responsible for roughly a quarter of the peacekeeping budget, which approaches $8 billion (R60 billion) and pays for more than 110 000 soldiers and police in 15 missions worldwide.
The UN 2008/09 core budget is more than $4.86 billion (R36 billion) and by some estimates only accounts for 20 percent to 25 % of total UN spending. The proposed core budget for 2010/11 is $4.88 billion.