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States Signatories provide the Preparatory Commission with the necessary financial support. The Budget of the Preparatory Commission is derived through assessed and voluntary contributions.
According to the Annex on the Resolution which established the Preparatory Commission “the costs of the Commission and its activities, including those of the PTS, shall be met annually by all States Signatories…” This forms the basis for levying scaled annual dues known as assessed contributions on Member States.
Assessed contributions are calculated in accordance with the United Nations scale of assessments adjusted to take into account differences in the number of UN Members and the number of CTBT States Signatories.
Prompt payment of assessed contributions is an important barometer to gauge a State’s commitment to, and support for, the Treaty.
The UN scale for assessing Member States’ contributions is established by the General Assembly on the recommendation of its Committee on Contributions. The original criterion for assessed contributions is based on the ability to pay, with comparative estimates of a State’s national income taken as the fairest guide. Other factors, such as comparative income per capita, the ability of contributors to obtain foreign exchange and, until 1974, the dislocation of national economies arising out of World War II, also were taken into account.
Prompt payment of assessed contributions is an important barometer to gauge a State’s commitment to, and support for, the Treaty. Non-payment of assessed contributions by a State Signatory after 365 days of receipt of the request for payment affects the voting right of such a Member State until such payment is made. This stricture may only be waived by the Commission if it was judged to be due to circumstances beyond the control of the State Signatory in question.