RESOLUTION LFC 211

FORUM: LEGAL & FINANCE COMMITTEE

QUESTION OF: Measures to ensure the financing of UN agencies by member states

SUBMITTED BY: Mali

CO-SUBMITTERS:Lao PDR, Iran, Israel, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Hungary, Kuwait, Madagascar, Philippines, Saudi Arabia.

STATUSRejected

THE LEGAL AND FINANCE COMMITTEE,

 

Affirming the importance of the United Nations’ peacekeeping and humanitarian mission,

 

Taking into consideration that countries economic status vary,

 

Deploy concerned by the inconsistency in payments on the part of member states,

 

Fully aware that nations’ economies have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,

 

Assuming that nations will be transparent with regard to their economic situation,

 

Having considered the increasing urgency of international problems,

 

  1. Proposes that depending on a country’s GDP the UN will decide a percentage they will have to commit with a maximum of 0.05%:
    1. as part of this commitment, nations will pledge to pay their dues on time
    2. if nations fail to do this, UN services could be revoked for these nations
    3. nations will also have to pay an annual discretionary fee determined by an impartial sub-committee;
  2. Urges the Postponement of payments for selected Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs) which include:
    1. nations shown to be severely defunct on their payments and/or proven to be unable to pay due to:
      1. the country is proven to be able to pay by the legal and finance committee
      2. tried for crimes relating to money laundering
      3. conflict 
      4. severe debt
      5. national unrest and/or rebellion
      6. coronavirus or other national/international epidemics 
      7. sanctions
      8. other Nations that are deemed unable to pay by the Legal and Finance committee
    2. nations with a Human Development Index (HDI) score under 0.589 have the ability to postpone their payments by 3 months unless:
      1. they are proven to be able to pay based on the judgment of an impartial sub-committee part of the legal and finance committee
      2. partake in illicit activities
    3. expects that exempt nations pay when capable and if not resulting in repercussions by the UN:
      1. these repercussions shall be overseen by a subcommittee created by the legal and finance committee on a later date
      2. repercussions may include fines and/or exclusion from select committees;
  3. Encourages fiscal (government spending) responsibility on the part of member states, and the committee is encouraged to release guidelines that outline best fiscal practices;
  4. Proclaims a renewed commitment to the Peacekeeping fund of each member state ensuring;
    1. The deployment of Peacekeepers in situations such as:
      1. member states in armed conflict
      2. countries suffering from any form of natural disasters affecting at least two provinces
      3. famines and/or severe local disease
    2. the distribution of basic food and needs for people in need and suffering due to the situations mentioned above;
  5. Requests that the Office of Programme Planning Finance and Budget (OPPFB) conduct an audit of the UN budget and spending:
    1. such audit must be presented to the committee
    2. once presented, a sub-committee shall be created to analyze such audit and make recommendations to the committee;
  6. Trusts that nations that achieve a fiscal surplus will pay their dues in full and in time in order to create an interest percentage rate of 2% on top of the amount already due to those who don’t pay fully on time 
  7. Expects that all nations that fail to pay their dues in full and on time shall present the OPPFB a budgetary audit including a reason why the nation failed to pay such dues:
    1. once the OPPFB analyzes this budgetary audit, it shall provide to the Secretary-General and the committee a report outlining the situation
    2. under the guidance of this report, the committee and secretary-general shall take the necessary steps per the resolution to sub-topic 3
    3. requires the OPPFB to ensure the integrity of countries’ GDP measurements in hopes of deflating their designated funding requirements;
  8. Calls upon the governments of Member States to collaborate with the OPPFB, which will create a publicly accessible database containing collected information on economic data and fiscal spendings to ensure the funding of UN agencies and guarantee benefits of each member state by the UN agencies, which certifies that:
    • a) nations that declare inability to pay the necessary funds provide valid reasons behind their statements
    • b) member states with a high GDP but low GDP per capita to use their funds effectively in order to help the members of their population in need;

 

  9. Invites all member states to discover new ways to help fellow nations with severe financial struggles in the form of financial relief or exemptions from current debts or sanctions.