NAM’s concern with Financial Situation of the United Nations

NAM upholds the position acknowledging the vital role of UN in the preservation of global peace and safekeeping and the fortification of global collaboration, in accordance with the values of the UN Charter and the equal autonomy of its Members. NAM continues to reiterate the need for the progressive strengthening of the UN in every sense thereby fortifying it further to better function in discharge of their duties and deliver its assistance in maintenance of peace and security world-wide.

In this context it expresses its unease and alarm over the dwindling financial state of affairs of the Organisation and reiterates that the principal source of the financial emergency continues to be the disappointing approach on the part of several developed countries to completely discharge, on time devoid of any condition, their valued input to the Regular Budget and to peace-keeping operations. Therefore, NAM in the light of continued smooth functioning of UN’s functions urges all member countries with an outstanding amount to straighten out their dues without further postponement and to pay their upcoming appraisals in full, on time and devoid of imposing preconditions.
They also re-emphasise their concern at the continuous cross-borrowing from the peace-keeping budgets to the regular budget, which causes the interruption in recompensation to the troop and ‘contingent-owned-equipment-providing’ nations, predominantly to the Non-Aligned and developing nations. Hence, each Member is stoutly advocated to carry out their responsibilities under the Charter so to put a stop to this bizarre practice. It further reiterates its concern over the hold-up in reimbursements and emphasizes the need for early on reimbursements to troops and COEs providing nations.

The principle of capability to pay as an elementary norm in the distribution of the expenses of the Organisation is imperative and should be conserved. The level of assessments for the each period should take into deliberation the monetary conditions of the developing nations. Any one-sided endeavour to mutate the level of assessments through conditionality, which are opposing to the UN’s Charter, is objectionable. Any considerable change of the scale would be taken into consideration only if it disseminates the saddle of compensation, in agreement with the principle of capability to pay, more largely amongst the chief contributors without negatively affecting NAM and other developing countries.

The norms and principles for the sharing out of the costs of peace-keeping operations permitted by the General Assembly in its resolutions 1874 (S-IV) of 27 June 1963 and 3101 (XXVIII) of 11 December 1973 must be adopted on a permanent basis. Considering this, account should also be taken of the extraordinary duty of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council in the funding of such operations. Furthermore, they restate the arrangement adopted at the XII Summit which stresses that member nations of the Non-Aligned Movement and other developing countries shall be categorized in a group that is no higher than group C.

Recalling the proposals by the Secretary-General for procurement reform as outlined in A/52/534, NAM also highlights the crucial importance of well-timed, well-organized, clear and lucrative possession of goods and services in support of peace-keeping operations. Expressing their grave concern at the tiny share of Non-Aligned and other developing countries in UN procurement, the movement reiterates the requirement to guarantee greater UN procurement from developing countries, especially Non-Aligned Countries in particular through the implementation or the provision of preferential treatment.

They further underscore that the United Nations Suppliers Rota should represent the membership of the Organisation. In giving procurement contracts, first choice should be given to Member States that have satisfied their financial obligations to the UN. Also reiterating that every international civil servant in accordance with Articles 100 and 101 of the UN Charter should discharge all the mandated programs and activities of the United Nations. The Gratis Personnel should be completely phased out in accordance with relevant General Assembly resolutions.

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