The Security Council: Paying for Peacekeeping

  • Alan James
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


An organisation’s financial arrangements and dispositions are always liable to arouse controversy. In the case of a voluntary organisation, the level at which membership fees are set and the extent of any differential rates are clearly of some concern to the members — a concern which may be given vigorous expressions at the business meetings of the organisation. Similarly, if the organisation uses its resources in ways which seem to some members to be unwise or improper, this is certainly going to attract internal criticism. All members need to feel, in one way or another, that they are getting value for money — and those who do not may well withdraw, taking their money with them.


Member State Security Council Voluntary Organisation Voluntary Contribution Financial Obligation 
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    Ibid., vol.1: The Middle East (London: Oxford University Press, 1969), p. 133. Compare J. G. Stoessinger and Associates, Financing the United Nations System (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1964), p. 6, where the Soviet Union is said to have ‘persistently objected’ about the matter.Google Scholar
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    D. W. Wainhouse and others, International Peacekeeping at the Cross Roads (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973), p. 574, says that the relevant UN financial report bears no notation of such withholding. And India does not appear in the table on p. 1422 of the Year Book of the United Nations 1982 (see note 19).Google Scholar
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