UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO General Conference - 33rd Session


Each Member State whose credentials have been found to comply with Rule 23 of the Rules of Procedure shall have one vote in the General Conference or in any of its committees, commissions and other subsidiary organs, unless it has not satisfied the provisions of paragraph 2 of Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure (however, the General Conference may decide, on an exceptional basis and under certain conditions, to grant it full voting rights).

Such Member State, however, shall have no vote in the General Conference or in any of its committees, commissions and other subsidiary organs if the total amount of contributions due from it exceeds the total amount of the contributions payable by it for the current year and the immediately preceding calendar year, unless the General Conference is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member State.

Before each ordinary session of the General Conference the Director-General shall, using the most reliable and rapid channels, notify Member States in danger of losing voting rights in accordance with the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8 (b), of the Constitution concerning their financial position with respect to the Organization and the provisions of the Constitution and Rules relating thereto, at least six months before the General Conference session is due to open.

Member States shall address their communications invoking the provisions of Article IV.C, paragraph 8 (c), to the Director-General, who shall transmit them to the Administrative Commission of the General Conference. That Commission shall take up the matter at the commencement of its work and issue in plenary meeting, as a matter of priority, a report and recommendations on the subject.

The aforesaid communications from Member States shall be submitted no later than three days after the commencement of the proceedings of the General Conference. In the absence of such a communication from the Member States concerned, the latter may no longer be authorized to take part in voting at that session of the General Conference.

After that time limit has passed, and pending a decision by the General Conference in plenary meeting, only those Member States concerned that have submitted the above communication shall have the right to vote.

Any decision to permit a Member State in arrears in the payment of its contributions to vote shall be made conditional upon that Member State’s observance of the recommendations for settlement of the arrears made by the General Conference.

One Member State may not represent or vote for another.

(From Rule 83 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference)