Vanuatu loses vote at UN General Assembly – for the second year in a row

United Nations logoIn a major embarrassment for the country, Vanuatu has had its vote at the United Nations General Assembly taken away because of non-payment of its yearly contribution. This is at least the second year in a row that this has occurred, according to UN documents.

No vote means no voice on the UN General Assembly, the UN’s ‘parliament’ in New York, USA where all 193 member states have equal representation. No pay, no play.

Without a vote, Vanuatu will be unable to take part in reviewing the UN’s budget, appointing the non-permanent members to the UN Security Council, receiving reports from other agencies within the UN or make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions.

The United Nations General Assembly in session. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

The United Nations General Assembly in session. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

Vanuatu was also prevented from voting in the General Assembly last year, after also failing to pay their pledged dues of US$27,136, according by the UN.

In a further blow to Vanuatu’s standing in the international diplomatic community, the 2015 non-payment took place while Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the UN, Odo Tevi, was Vice-President of the UN’s Pledging Conference for Development Activities in 2015.

More background on this story can be found here.