What is the United Nations Scale of Assessment and how is it determined?
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2019
According to the Committee on Contributions website, assessment is:
... the term used for the amount of money that the General Assembly determines should be assessed to finance the approved appropriation, which is shared among Member States to pay for the expenses of the Organization.
The Scale of Assessment is addressed in rule 160 of the Rules of Procedure of the UN General Assembly (A/520/Rev.18):
The Committee on Contributions shall advise the General Assembly concerning the apportionment, under Article 17, paragraph 2, of the Charter, of the expenses of the Organization among Members, broadly according to capacity to pay. The scale of assessments, when once fixed by the General Assembly, shall not be subject to a general revision for at least three years unless it is clear that there have been substantial changes in relative capacity to pay. The Committee shall also advise the General Assembly on the assessments to be fixed for new Members, on appeals by Members for a change of assessments and on the action to be taken with regard to the application of Article 19 of the Charter.
In the Report of the Committee on Contributions on its 79th session (A/74/11), the Committee made new recommendations so that the scale of assessments is based on the most current, comprehensive, and comparable data available for gross national income.
The current scale of assessments data is available from the Report of the Committee on Contributions.
The Reports of the Secretary-General on Multi-year payment plans indicate commitments by Member States on the payments of their assessed contributions.
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