Germany's financial contributions to the United Nations

UN regular budget

On 27 December 2013 the two-year budget for 2014/2015 was adopted by the UN General Assembly. The decision regarding a supplementary budget followed on 29 December 2014. The two-year budget amounts to almost 5.8 billion US dollars, of which Germany contributes 7.1 percent (approximately 190 million US dollars each year). This makes Germany the third-largest contributor to the regular budget, behind the United States (22 percent) and Japan (10.8 percent).

Other important contributors are our EU partners the United Kingdom (5.2 percent), France (5.6 percent) and Italy (4.4 percent). The 28 EU member states provide approximately 35 percent of the United Nations budget.


The budgets for the individual peacekeeping operations are each passed separately for one year, running from July to the following June. For the period from July 2014 to June 2015, total expenditure on all 15 peacekeeping missions will exceed 9 billion US dollars. Germany is contributing 7.1 percent of this amount, too, transferring more than 640 million US dollars to the United Nations. 

For the peacekeeping missions, Germany is the fourth largest contributor in 2014 after France (7.2 percent), because the Permanent Members of the Security Council pay a larger contribution on account of their special responsibility. The United States is the largest contributor with 28.4 percent. Japan is in second place with 10.8 percent.

Additional obligatory and voluntary contributions

In addition to our contributions to the UN’s regular budget and peacekeeping operations, Germany pays assessed contributions to the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as to UN specialised agencies and other UN institutions. Above and beyond these obligatory contributions, Germany makes considerable voluntary contributions to individual UN programmes.

Background: Contributions to the United Nations budget

Last updated 10.02.2015

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