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Brazil and U.S. largest UN debtors

Christian Fernsby |
Brazil is in danger of losing its vote at the cash-strapped United Nations if it does not pay some of the $400 million it owes by the end of the year, UN and Brazilian officials said.

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Topics: BRAZIL    U.S.   

Of Brazil’s $415.8 million bill, $143 million is owed for 2019, they said.

Under UN rules, if a country is in arrears in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for the previous two years, it can lose its General Assembly vote unless the country can show its inability to pay is beyond its control.

“There is considerable risk that Brazil, for the first time ever, will lose its right to vote at the UN as of January 1, 2020,” the Economy Ministry’s secretary for international relations Erivaldo Gomes said in a report seen by Reuters.

Brazil is the second-largest UN debtor after the United States and must pay at least $126.6 million by the end of the year to avoid losing its vote, Gomes wrote in the report.

The Economy Ministry said in an email to Reuters that it asked Congress on Tuesday to approve 549 million reais ($130 million) in supplementary funding to cover Brazil’s UN dues.

Currently Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia are subject to this rule but the 193-member General Assembly voted in October to allow them to continue to vote.


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