St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) must pay the United Nations at least US$2,155 (EC$5,818) to have its voting rights at the General Assembly restored.
SVG is among 15 countries, including the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, that are in arrears in paying their annual contribution to the U.N. regular budget.
The U.N. website says member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the organisation shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years.
The General Assembly may, nevertheless, permit such a member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the member.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the General Assembly of the status of these 15 countries.
He noted in a letter that the General Assembly can permit member states to vote “if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the member”.
The assembly passed a resolution giving five poor and conflict-torn countries on the list the right to vote during the current session, which ends in September.
They are Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia and Yemen.
Venezuela must pay US$3 million to have its voting rights restored, while the Dominican Republic must pay US$2.1 million.
The other countries that have lost their voting rights are Bahrain, Libya, Mali, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu.