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date: 21 November 2019

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With finances a fundamental metric of power, especially in as weak a political system as the United Nations, political struggles over UN finances pose chronic challenges to the organization’s effectiveness and legitimacy. The system of assessments to pay for core UN functions and for peace operations, increasingly tilted toward the latter, triggers recurrent struggles over assessment scales and the occasional existential crisis. Yet thanks to donor-driven voluntary contributions focused on economic and social development activities—themselves not without controversy—the hybrid UN financing system was channelling close to $50 billion annually to shared global purposes by the world organization’s eighth decade.

Keywords: assessed contributions, voluntary contributions, peacekeeping assessments, withholding, arrears, funding, Congo

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