The United Nations owes India an amount of $85 million for the latter’s contribution towards peacekeeping operations. A UN official also disclosed that India is not the only country that the organisation owes money to.
The UN needs to pay 86 member states a total of $1.03 billion which are contributed towards their troops, police and equipment as well.
Though the UN owes a huge amount to India, it owes its largest amount – $97 million – to Pakistan.
Ethiopia comes second with $87 million followed by India . Bangladesh ($84 mn), Rwanda ($55 mn), and Nepal ($44 mn) the the six countries that are to receive their dues. The announcement was made on October 15 by Under-Secretary General for Management Yukio Takasu in their General Assembly meeting.
With over 185,000 troops having served in 48 of the 69 missions, India is the largest cumulative troop contributor to UN peace operations.
India has also repeatedly called for the Security Council to consult troop contributing countries before drawing up peacekeeping mandates, looking at the fact that the troops now have to function in increasingly difficult and hostile conflict situations across the world’s hot-spots. Takasu then urged other member states to make their full payments as few nations accounted for the bulk of the outstanding amount.
While India has fully paid up its contribution till October 2, US owed the UN $813 mn followed by Brazil ($124 mn) and Venezuela ($35 mn) to the UN.
On top of these, another 99 member states have also not paid their assessed contribution in full to the International Tribunals. The United States led the list here as well with an obligation of $29 million. The US was followed by Russia who need to pay $11 million in unpaid assessments, closely followed by Brazil with $9 mn and Indonesia & Venezuela with $4 mn each. Takasu also disclosed that as of October 2, unpaid assessments stood at $1.053 billion that is up by $16 million from a year earlier.