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  • United Nations General Assembly

    UNGA

    Study GuideRules of Procedure

    The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the UN, serving as the main forum for all member states to discuss and coordinate on international issues. It is the only UN organ where all 193 member states are represented, making it a truly universal body. The General Assembly meets annually in regular sessions, convening additional special sessions as needed.

    The General Assembly addresses a wide range of issues, such as peace and security, development, human rights, and international law. Its primary functions include considering and approving the UN budget, electing non-permanent members to the Security Council, appointing the Secretary-General, and providing a platform for member states to express their views on global issues. It provides a platform for discussion, negotiations, and the formulation of resolutions that guide the work of the UN and its specialized agencies.

    In the General Assembly, each member state is entitled to one vote, and decisions on most issues require a two-thirds majority. However, a simple majority may decide certain procedural matters. In recent years, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has become instrumental in overcoming potential P5 vetoes in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Confronted with issues where the interests of certain P5 members or their allies could hinder progress, the UNGA has played a crucial role in securing widespread support among member states. This has led to the successful passage of resolutions that might have faced obstacles in the UNSC, underscoring the UNGA's ability to address global concerns and promote collective action, even in the face of potential veto threats.

    Topics

    The Democratic Republic of Congo: displaced population and human rights.

    The role of children in armed conflicts.

    Ana Zamarreño

    Committee Director

    Àxel Broch

    Committee Director
    Countries
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