United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the five principal organs of the [[wex:United Nations]].  It is composed of representatives of all 192 members of the UN.  The UNGA has as its functions the following:  

  1. Consider and make recommendations on the general principles of cooperation for maintaining international peace and security, including [[wex:disarmament]];
  2. Discuss any question relating to international peace and security and, except where a dispute or situation is currently being discussed by the [[wex:United Nations Security Council]], make recommendations on it;
  3. Discuss, with the same exception, and make recommendations on any questions within the scope of the [[wex:United Nations Charter]] or affecting the powers and functions of any organ of the United Nations;
  4. Initiate studies and make recommendations to promote international political cooperation, the development and codification of [[wex:International law|international law]], the realization of [[wex:human rights]] and fundamental freedoms, and international collaboration in the economic, social, humanitarian, cultural, educational and health fields;
  5. Make recommendations for the peaceful settlement of any situation that might impair friendly relations among nations;
  6. Receive and consider reports from the Security Council and other United Nations organs;
  7. Consider and approve the United Nations budget and establish the financial assessments of Member States;
  8. Elect the non-permanent members of the Security Council and the members of other United Nations councils and organs and, on the recommendation of the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General

The website of the UNGA (http://www.un.org/ga/) is an excellent online resource and provides links to many secondary sources concerning the UN system.

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