June 17, 1988
Unless member states pay their dues, the United Nations will have to cease operations by the end of October or early November, Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has warned delegates. In private meetings held with the organization's five regional groups, he told their representatives that, as of May 31, the world body was owed $690.9 million in unpaid dues, including $319 million for years before 1988. He noted that the largest contributor, the United States--assessed 25% of the U.N.
December 2, 1989 |
Voting on a controversial resolution to upgrade the U.N. status of the Palestine Liberation Organization was postponed until Monday, the Arab League's U.N. observer, Clovis Maksoud, said. The United States has threatened to withhold its U.N. dues if the General Assembly upgrades the PLO delegation from that of an observer state. The United States pays 25% of the annual U.N. budget of about $850 million, although it is $430 million in arrears.
September 20, 1989 |
With the end of the Cold War between the superpowers, Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said Tuesday the United Nations must now turn to the world's "tremendous social problems" of the environment, drug trafficking, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and terrorism--and find the money to do the job. Perez de Cuellar spoke at a news conference at the opening of the 44th session of the General Assembly.
November 7, 1987 |
Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has warned the U.N. staff that there may be no paydays next month if the United States fails to clear its budget arrears, but there has been little evident belt-tightening in the world body. In a recent report on U.N. finances, Perez de Cuellar said the world body had received only $437 million of this year's total of $756 million in assessments. The largest assessment, 25%, is that of the United States.
July 30, 1988 |
Donald F. McHenry, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Jimmy Carter Administration, Friday called the U.S. refusal to pay its full share of U.N. dues "illegal" and said it threatens to paralyze the organization's peacemaking efforts at a crucial time.