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1. The action required to carry out the decisions of the
Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and
security shall be taken by all the Members of the United
Nations or by some of them, as the Security Council may
2. Such decisions shall be carried out by the Members of
the United Nations directly and through their action in the
appropriate international agencies of which they are members.
1. Nothing in the present Charter precludes the existence
of regional arrangements or agencies for dealing with such
matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and
security as are appropriate for regional action, provided that
such arrangements or agencies and their activities are consistent
with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations.
2. The Members of the United Nations entering into such
arrangements or constituting such agencies shall make every
effort to achieve pacific settlement of local disputes through
uch regional arrangements or by such regional agencies before
referring them to the Security Council.
3. The Security Council shall encourage the development
of pacific settlement of local disputes through such regional
arrangements or by such regional agencies either on the initia.
tive of the states concerned or by reference from the Security
4. This Article in no way impairs the application of
Articles 34 and 35.
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent
right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack
occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the
Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain inter-
national peace and security. Measures taken by Members in
the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately
1. The Security Council shall, where appropriate, utilize
such regional arrangements or agencies for enforcement action
under its authority. But no enforcement action shall be taken
under regional arrangements or by regional agencies without
the authorization of the Security Council, with the exception of
The Security Council shall at all times be kept fully informed of activities undertaken or in contemplation under regional arrangements or by regional agencies for the maintenance of international peace and security.
W well-being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly
a. higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development;
b. solutions of international economic, social, health,
and related problems; and international cultural and edu-
cational co-operation; and
c. universal respect for, and observance of, human rights
and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as
to race, sex, language, or religion.
Responsibility for the discharge of the functions of the
Organization set forth in this Chapter shall be vested in the
General Assembly and, under the authority of the General
Assembly, in the Economic and Social Council, which shall have
for this purpose the powers set forth in Chapter X.
1. The Economic and Social Council shall consist of fifty-
four Members of the United Nations elected by the General
2. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3, eighteen mem-
bers of the Economic and Social Council shall be elected each
year for a term of three years. A retiring member shall be
eligible for immediate re-election.
3. At the first election after the increase in the membership
of the Economic and Social Council from twenty-seven to fifty-
four members, in addition to the members elected in place of
the nine members whose term of office expires at the end of
that year, twenty-seven additional members shall be elected. Of
these twenty-seven additional members, the term of office of
nine members so elected shall expire at the end of one year,
and of nine other members at the end of two years, in accord-
ance with arrangements made by the General Assembly.
4. Each member of the Economic and Social Council shall
have one representative.
1. The Economic and Social Council may take appropriate
steps to obtain regular reports from the specialized agencies.
It may make arrangements with the Members of the United
Nations and with the specialized agencies to obtain reports on
the steps taken to give effect to its own recommendations and
to recommendations on matters falling within its competence
made by the General Assembly.
2. It may communicate its observations on these reports to
the General Assembly.
1. The Economic and Social Council may make or initiate
studies and reports with respect to international economic,
social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters and
may make recommendations with respect to any such matters
to the General Assembly, to the Members of the United
Nations, and to the specialized agencies concerned.
2. It may make recommendations for the purpose of pro
1. The Economic and Social Council shall perform such functions as fall within its competence in connexion with the carrying out of the recommendations of the General Assembly.
2. It may, with the approval of the General Assembly, per-
form services at the request of Members of the United Nations
and at the request of specialized agencies.
3. It shall perform such other functions as are specified
elsewhere in the present Charter or as may be assigned to it by
the General Assembly.
1. Each member of the Economic and Social Council shall
have one vote.
2. Decisions of the Economic and Social Council shall be made by a majority of the members present and voting.
The Economic and Social Council may make suitable ar-
rangements for consultation with non-governmental organiza-
tions which are concerned with matters within its competence.
Such arrangements may be made with international organiza-
tions and, where appropriate, with national organizations after
consultation with the Member of the United Nations con-
1. The Economic and Social Council shall adopt its own
rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its Presi-
2. The Economic and Social Council shall meet as required
in accordance with its rules, which shall include provision for
the convening of meetings on the request of a majority of its
responsibilities for the administration of territories whose
peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government
recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants of
these territories are paramount, and accept as a sacred trust the
obligation to promote to the utmost, within the system of inter-
national peace and security established by the present Charter,
the well-being of the inhabitants of these territories, and, to this
a. to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the peoples concerned, their political, economic, social, and
The basic objectives of the trusteeship system, in accordance
with the Purposes of the United Nations laid down in Article
1 of the present Charter, shall be:
a. to further international peace and security;
b. to promote the political, economic, social, and educa-
tional advancement of the inhabitants of the trust terri-
tories, and their progressive development towards self-
government or independence as may be appropriate to the
particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples
and the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned,
and as may be provided by the terms of each trusteeship
c. to encourage respect for human rights and for funda-
mental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex,
language, or religion, and to encourage recognition of the
interdependence of the peoples of the world; and
d. to ensure equal treatment in social, economic, and
commercial matters for all Members of the United Nations
and their nationals, and also equal treatment for the latter
in the administration of justice, without prejudice to the
attainment of the foregoing objectives and subject to the
provisions of Article 80.
Members of the United Nations also agree that their policy
in respect of the territories to which this Chapter applies, no
less than in respect of their metropolitan areas, must be based
on the general principle of good-neighbourliness, due account
being taken of the interests and well-being of the rest of the
world, in social, economic, and commercial matters.