St. Lucia is among four Caribbean countries which are in arrears in the payment of their dues to the United Nations (UN) and are unable to vote at the General Assembly.
At present, St. Lucia owes at least US$35,727 (EC$96,462.9), and as a result, has lost its right to vote at the General Assembly as of February 12, 2103.
Under Article 19 of the UN Charter, a Member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote.
An exception is allowed if the Member State can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to this inability to pay.
On October 11, 2012, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 67/2 by which it decided that five Member States shall be permitted to vote in the Assembly until the end of its 67th session. The countries are Central African Republic, The Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia.
The other Caribbean countries which joined St. Lucia in losing their votes at the UN are Dominica, Grenada and the Dominican Republic.
Other countries worldwide include Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.