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Bureau of International Organization Affairs
April 22, 2013

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VOTING COINCIDENCE WITH THE UNITED STATES

This section contains a table of the Plenary votes that were recorded at the fall session of the 67th UN General Assembly. In those 89 Plenary votes, the United States voted Yes 29 times (33 percent) and No 49 times (55 percent); it abstained on 11 votes (12 percent). It was not absent for any vote.

All General Assembly members voted during the session, though Kiribati voted only once. The United States did not vote No by itself on any resolution in 2012, as also happened in 2010. (It cast the sole No vote once each in 2011 and 2009; in 2008, however, it alone voted No 16 times.)

The United States voted No with three other countries on eight resolutions: with France, Russia, and the United Kingdom on Resolutions 67/46, 67/55, and 67/56; with France, Israel, and the United Kingdom on Resolution 67/36; with North Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom on a partial vote of Resolution 67/46; with Canada, Israel, and Palau on Decision 542; with Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom on 67/171; and with India, Israel, and Pakistan on 67/34.

The United States voted No with two other countries five times: with Israel and the United Kingdom on Resolutions 67/133 and 67/134; with Israel and Canada on 67/219; with Israel and Palau on 67/4; and with Canada and Palau on Resolution 67/154.

The United States voted No with one other country twice: with Israel on Resolution 67/126, and with France on Resolution 67/31.

On non-consensus issues, i.e., those on which a vote was taken, the average overall General Assembly voting coincidence of all UN members with the United States in 2012 was 42.5 percent. This was nine percentage points below the 2011 figure of 51.5 percent. (In 2010 the voting coincidence rate was 41.6 percent; in 2009 it was 39 percent; in 2008, the figure was 25.6 percent; and in 2007 it was 18.3 percent.)

When consensus resolutions are factored in as votes identical to those of the United States, a much higher measure of agreement with U.S. positions is reached – 83.9 percent, down slightly from 85.9 percent in 2011. In 2010 the figure was 85.4 percent, and in 2009 it was 84.3 percent. 

TABLE SHOWING COMPARISON WITH U.S. VOTES

The table that follows is based on the 78 instances the United States voted either Yes or No in Plenary. Columns show the number of times the United States and the pertinent country cast identical (Yes/Yes or No/No) and opposite (Yes/No or No/Yes) votes, as well as the number of times a country abstained or was absent for these 78 votes. Voting coincidence percentages are derived by dividing the number of identical votes by the total of identical plus opposite votes, the same method used in all previous editions of this report. The percentages in the column of the table titled “including consensus” offer another perspective on General Assembly activity. Consensus resolutions indicate agreement with U.S. positions, so adding these to the vote totals more accurately reflects the extent of cooperation and agreement in the General Assembly. Extent of participation was also factored in (see Introduction: Format and Methodology).

All countries are listed alphabetically.

Key:

Votes Only = Coincidence percentage only for the 78 GA votes where the United States voted Yes or No.

Votes + Consensus = Coincidence Percentage for the 78 GA votes where the United States voted Yes or No plus a pro-rated portion of all consensus resolutions.

 

COUNTRY

SAME

OPPOSITE

ABSTAIN

ABSENT

VOTES
ONLY

VOTES PLUS
CONSENSUS

Afghanistan

27

47

3

1

36.5%

81.3%

Albania

38

25

15

0

60.3%

89.7%

Algeria

22

47

8

1

31.9%

81.0%

Andorra

38

23

17

0

62.3%

90.5%

Angola

21

47

4

6

30.9%

80.1%

Antigua-Barbuda

27

46

3

2

37.0%

81.5%

Argentina

28

46

4

0

37.8%

81.9%

Armenia

25

38

11

4

39.7%

83.8%

Australia

44

18

16

0

71.0%

92.6%

Austria

37

30

11

0

55.2%

87.9%

Azerbaijan

22

47

1

8

31.9%

79.6%

Bahamas

28

44

3

3

38.9%

82.1%

Bahrain

22

47

9

0

31.9%

81.1%

Bangladesh

28

47

3

0

37.3%

81.6%

Barbados

28

45

4

1

38.4%

82.1%

Belarus

21

41

13

3

33.9%

82.6%

Belgium

40

26

11

1

60.6%

89.3%

Belize

25

46

1

6

35.2%

80.7%

Benin

27

48

1

2

36.0%

80.7%

Bhutan

21

45

11

1

31.8%

81.6%

Bolivia

17

53

8

0

24.3%

78.8%

Bosnia/Herzegovina

39

28

11

0

58.2%

88.7%

Botswana

28

45

4

1

38.4%

82.1%

Brazil

26

48

4

0

35.1%

81.1%

Brunei Darussalam

27

48

3

0

36.0%

81.2%

Bulgaria

32

22

11

13

59.3%

88.9%

Burkina Faso

28

44

4

2

38.9%

82.3%

Burundi

3

30

5

40

9.1%

75.0%

Cambodia

24

48

1

5

33.3%

80.2%

Cameroon

13

26

22

17

33.3%

85.9%

Canada

60

10

4

4

85.7%

95.9%

Cape Verde

23

45

1

9

33.8%

80.4%

Central African Rep.

21

30

2

25

41.2%

82.8%

Chad

21

30

1

26

41.2%

82.4%

Chile

30

47

1

0

39.0%

81.7%

China

20

46

11

1

30.3%

81.0%

Colombia

29

42

7

0

40.8%

83.3%

Comoros

18

47

5

8

27.7%

79.3%

Congo

26

47

2

3

35.6%

81.0%

Costa Rica

30

46

2

0

39.5%

82.0%

Côte d’Ivoire

26

47

2

3

35.6%

81.0%

Croatia

37

23

17

1

61.7%

90.3%

Cuba

19

52

7

0

26.8%

79.3%

Cyprus

38

32

8

0

54.3%

87.2%

Czech Republic

41

22

15

0

65.1%

90.9%

DPR of Korea

4

59

8

7

6.3%

74.0%

Dem. Rep. of Congo

21

27

6

24

43.8%

84.2%

Denmark

39

26

13

0

60.0%

89.4%

Djibouti

23

47

7

1

32.9%

80.9%

Dominica

22

46

2

8

32.4%

80.2%

Dominican Republic

28

49

1

0

36.4%

80.9%

Ecuador

17

50

10

1

25.4%

79.6%

Egypt

21

49

8

0

30.0%

80.4%

El Salvador

28

41

9

0

40.6%

83.5%

Equatorial Guinea

1

8

0

69

11.1%

70.6%

Eritrea

27

47

3

1

36.5%

81.3%

Estonia

39

23

15

1

62.9%

90.4%

Ethiopia

25

45

4

4

35.7%

81.4%

Fiji

25

40

12

1

38.5%

83.5%

Finland

37

27

13

1

57.8%

88.8%

France

44

18

16

0

71.0%

92.6%

Gabon

22

36

2

18

37.9%

82.1%

Gambia

22

37

2

17

37.3%

81.2%

Georgia

34

23

19

2

59.6%

90.0%

Germany

39

26

13

0

60.0%

89.4%

Ghana

22

28

0

28

44.0%

83.5%

Greece

38

27

12

1

58.5%

88.9%

Grenada

29

46

2

1

38.7%

81.8%

Guatemala

30

44

4

0

40.5%

82.7%

Guinea

22

47

2

7

31.9%

80.0%

Guinea-Bissau

22

41

2

13

34.9%

81.1%

Guyana

26

47

3

2

35.6%

81.1%

Haiti

27

47

3

1

36.5%

81.2%

Honduras

29

37

12

0

43.9%

85.0%

Hungary

39

22

17

0

63.9%

90.9%

Iceland

39

28

11

0

58.2%

88.7%

India

19

45

14

0

29.7%

81.6%

Indonesia

24

48

6

0

33.3%

81.0%

Iran

10

54

12

2

15.6%

77.5%

Iraq

21

47

9

1

30.9%

80.9%

Ireland

37

30

11

0

55.2%

87.9%

Israel

60

5

13

0

92.3%

98.0%

Italy

40

27

11

0

59.7%

89.1%

Jamaica

29

46

3

0

38.7%

81.8%

Japan

36

27

15

0

57.1%

88.9%

Jordan

26

47

4

1

35.6%

81.3%

Kazakhstan

22

48

5

3

31.4%

80.3%

Kenya

21

45

3

9

31.8%

80.2%

Kiribati

0

1

0

77

0.0%

66.9%

Kuwait

21

48

9

0

30.4%

80.7%

Kyrgyzstan

23

42

9

4

35.4%

82.3%

Laos

24

47

5

2

33.8%

81.0%

Latvia

38

22

17

1

63.3%

90.8%

Lebanon

21

48

8

1

30.4%

80.6%

Lesotho

24

45

5

4

34.8%

81.3%

Liberia

28

42

6

2

40.0%

82.9%

Libya

26

47

5

0

35.6%

81.4%

Liechtenstein

39

29

10

0

57.4%

88.3%

Lithuania

39

22

17

0

63.9%

90.9%

Luxembourg

40

28

10

0

58.8%

88.7%

Madagascar

26

32

2

18

44.8%

83.8%

Malawi

23

34

4

17

40.4%

83.2%

Malaysia

28

48

2

0

36.8%

81.3%

Maldives

28

47

3

0

37.3%

81.6%

Mali

24

47

5

2

33.8%

81.0%

Malta

37

33

8

0

52.9%

86.8%

Marshall Islands

44

9

7

18

83.0%

95.3%

Mauritania

22

47

7

2

31.9%

80.8%

Mauritius

19

46

12

1

29.2%

80.9%

Mexico

29

44

5

0

39.7%

82.6%

Micronesia

47

4

6

21

92.2%

97.8%

Monaco

38

20

14

6

65.5%

91.1%

Mongolia

27

43

5

3

38.6%

82.4%

Montenegro

38

27

13

0

58.5%

89.0%

Morocco

26

47

5

0

35.6%

81.4%

Mozambique

22

44

4

8

33.3%

80.9%

Myanmar (Burma)

24

40

6

8

37.5%

82.4%

Namibia

23

45

6

4

33.8%

81.1%

Nauru

11

5

2

60

68.8%

90.5%

Nepal

27

46

3

2

37.0%

81.5%

Netherlands

38

24

16

0

61.3%

90.1%

New Zealand

37

30

11

0

55.2%

87.9%

Nicaragua

18

53

7

0

25.4%

78.9%

Niger

24

46

6

2

34.3%

81.3%

Nigeria

27

46

5

0

37.0%

81.8%

Norway

38

27

13

0

58.5%

89.0%

Oman

21

48

9

0

30.4%

80.7%

Pakistan

14

47

15

2

23.0%

80.2%

Palau

58

2

8

10

96.7%

99.1%

Panama

33

35

10

0

48.5%

85.8%

Papua New Guinea

27

30

19

2

47.4%

87.1%

Paraguay

24

45

3

6

34.8%

81.0%

Peru

30

44

4

0

40.5%

82.7%

Philippines

27

47

4

0

36.5%

81.5%

Poland

39

24

15

0

61.9%

90.1%

Portugal

40

27

11

0

59.7%

89.1%

Qatar

21

48

9

0

30.4%

80.6%

Republic of Korea

35

22

21

0

61.4%

90.7%

Republic of Moldova

39

23

16

0

62.9%

90.5%

Romania

39

23

16

0

62.9%

90.5%

Russia

27

36

15

0

42.9%

85.2%

Rwanda

24

35

7

12

40.7%

83.7%

St. Kitts and Nevis

28

30

1

19

48.3%

84.3%

Saint Lucia

28

46

3

1

37.8%

81.7%

St. Vincent/
Grenadines

27

47

3

1

36.5%

81.3%

Samoa

28

36

14

0

43.8%

85.2%

San Marino

38

27

13

0

58.5%

89.0%

Sao Tome/Principe

19

17

0

42

52.8%

85.9%

Saudi Arabia

19

46

9

4

29.2%

80.6%

Senegal

22

47

1

8

31.9%

79.6%

Serbia

34

33

11

0

50.7%

86.6%

Seychelles

5

16

0

57

23.8%

75.6%

Sierra Leone

22

37

5

14

37.3%

82.1%

Singapore

28

45

5

0

38.4%

82.2%

Slovak Republic

39

23

16

0

62.9%

90.5%

Slovenia

40

27

11

0

59.7%

89.1%

Solomon Islands

28

46

3

1

37.8%

81.7%

Somalia

18

43

4

13

29.5%

80.0%

South Africa

26

46

5

1

36.1%

81.6%

South Sudan

27

19

10

22

58.7%

89.0%

Spain

39

26

13

0

60.0%

89.4%

Sri Lanka

25

47

6

0

34.7%

81.3%

Sudan

20

49

7

2

29.0%

80.0%

Suriname

22

46

3

7

32.4%

80.3%

Swaziland

21

40

3

14

34.4%

81.2%

Sweden

37

28

13

0

56.9%

88.6%

Switzerland

36

30

11

1

54.5%

87.7%

Syria

8

49

17

4

14.0%

78.6%

Tajikistan

21

46

4

7

31.3%

80.2%

Thailand

27

46

5

0

37.0%

81.8%

TFYR Macedonia

39

26

13

0

60.0%

89.4%

Timor-Leste

24

44

2

8

35.3%

81.0%

Togo

27

40

11

0

40.3%

83.8%

Tonga

28

27

17

6

50.9%

87.9%

Trinidad and Tobago

29

46

3

0

38.7%

82.0%

Tunisia

24

48

6

0

33.3%

81.0%

Turkey

36

34

7

1

51.4%

86.3%

Turkmenistan

19

45

1

13

29.7%

79.3%

Tuvalu

23

45

2

8

33.8%

80.2%

Uganda

26

46

6

0

36.1%

81.7%

Ukraine

37

26

14

1

58.7%

89.2%

United Arab Emirates

22

47

9

0

31.9%

81.1%

United Kingdom

48

17

11

2

73.8%

92.8%

UR Tanzania

26

47

5

0

35.6%

81.3%

Uruguay

29

46

3

0

38.7%

82.0%

Uzbekistan

19

44

7

8

30.2%

80.6%

Vanuatu

24

36

12

6

40.0%

84.2%

Venezuela

19

53

6

0

26.4%

79.0%

Vietnam

25

48

3

2

34.2%

80.7%

Yemen

21

47

10

0

30.9%

81.0%

Zambia

27

46

4

1

37.0%

81.7%

Zimbabwe

15

49

6

8

23.4%

78.5%

Totals and Percentages


5316


7204


1458


998


42.5%

83.9%



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