India, Brazil, China and other emerging nations will pay more to the U.N. after the General Assembly approved a five per cent increase to the budget for 2012-13 to $5.4 billion.
Capping days of intense negotiations, the Assembly adopted a range of Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) resolutions, covering the scale of assessing Member States’ dues, the U.N. pension system and the proposed 2013 budget for 33 political missions.
In a consensus vote, the 193-member forum increased the budget for regular operations by about $ 243.3 million from the $5.15 billion agreed last December. The income was revised upwards by $3.99 million to $511.74 million for the current biennium.
It approved $566.48 million to keep the 33 special political missions running in 2013. These missions include those for Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan-South Sudan and large operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Contributions of European nations, such as Britain, Germany and France and Japan have been cut in the revised U.N. budget. The U.S.’ share for the regular budget will remain unchanged at 22 per cent.