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The history of diplomatic representations of states at international organizations dates back to the League of Nations. The demand for permanent missions increased because of the necessity to participate continuously in the political process and the decision-making of the UN. The head of a permanent mission is the Permanent Representative of the Mission to the UN. The staff of the permanent mission is composed of foreign service and administration personnel (the USA additionally have a section for peacekeeping). The permanent missions enjoy an independent status. However, their rights have not been formally established in the UN Charter and UN treaties. One focus of the activity of a diplomat working at a permanent mission is the cultivation of contacts and the gathering of information. Permanent missions play an important role in the formation of the national UN policies, and make possible the functioning of the UN system in practice.

Keywords: administration personnel; foreign service personnel; League of Nations; permanent missions; UN Charter; UN treaties

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