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Committees, System Of

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All communal principal organs of the United Nations, that is, the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Trusteeship Council, have established committees. These committees have been established to relieve the principal organs from the time-consuming expert detail work and the organizational and financial planning, and to prepare for debates on reports, draft resolutions or other items on the agenda of the principal organs, which is generally quite voluminous, as the agenda of the General Assembly comprises usually more than 150 items. The Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly provided originally for seven main committees (Rule 98) and two procedural committees (Rules 155-160). The main committees deal with most of the items of the agenda, from the first discussion to the preparation of the draft resolutions which are later submitted to the plenary of the General Assembly for voting.

Keywords: ECOSOC; General Assembly; Security Council; System of committees; UN system



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