The “U.S. Participation in the United Nations” report is submitted to Congress consistent with section 4 of the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (P.L. 79-264), which provides, in part: “The President shall from time to time as occasion may require, but not less than once each year, make reports to the Congress of the activities of the United Nations and of the participation of the United States therein.” This report features key activities of the United States in the United Nations and its agencies during a given calendar year.
Section 4(b) of the United Nations Participation Act (UNPA, 22 U.S.C. § 287b(b)) calls for the Secretary of State to submit an annual report to Congress on the extent and disposition of all financial contributions made by the United States during the preceding year to international organizations in which the United States participates as a member.
The Report to the Congress on Voting Practices in the United Nations was first published in 1984, for the year 1983 pursuant to Public Law 98-151 and Public Law 98-164. This report reviews voting practices in the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly (UNGA), and presents data in a variety of formats.
This report was first requested in 2022 by Committees on Appropriations in Section 7019(e) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2022 (Div. K, P.L. 117- 103) and the House Report 117-84.