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The amendments have so far mainly concerned the number of members in the Security Council and in the Social and Economic Council (→ ECOSOC), and are referred to in Article 23, 27, 61, and 109. With respect to the increased number of members on 17 December 1963 according to Resolution 1991A and B (XVIII) of the General Assembly the number of nonpermanent members of the Security Council was raised from the original six to ten (Art. 23) and accordingly the quorum for decisions in this crucial body was raised to nine members (Art.

From the beginning, the United States insisted on a reduction of this ceiling rate with the argument that it would not be in the interest of the Organization that one single state bears such a heavy burden, thereby leading to a high dependence of the UN. 33 %. 00 %. 32 percentage points which could easily compensate the difference of 5 percentage points caused by the United States. During the second half of the 1990s, the United States demanded a further reduction of its assessment rate to 22 and 20 %.

The financial crisis (→ Financial Crises) and the negative nominal growth of the regular budget have crippled the Organization and endangered its mandates and programmes. The requisites for the creation of a stable, sustainable financing mechanism in the service of the goals and principles of the United Nations are still missing. 23 Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States The dramatic financial situation of the UN is mainly due to the non- or late payment of its dues by the United States – a member state which, although having the ability to pay, continues to demonstrate its unwillingness to pay, thus being primarily responsible for the bad image of the UN as compared to regional governmental organizations.

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