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Regional Groups In The UN

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Regional groups exist within the United Nations (UN) system only as unofficial groupings. They reflect in part shared ideologies from the early days of the UN, although today the focus is on regional solidarity. The origins of todays regional groups can be traced back to a gentlemens agreement concluded by the United States and the then Soviet Union in 1946, regarding the distribution of the six non-permanent seats on the Security Council between the 51 (46) founding members of the organization. The five regional groups in existence since 1963 are the Group of African States (GAFS), the Group of Asian States (GASS), the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC), the Group of Eastern European States (EEC) and the Group of Western European and Other States (WEOG). The regional groups work according to the consensus principle.

Keywords: Group of African States (GAFS); Group of Asian States (GASS); Group of Eastern European States (EEC); GRULAC; Security Council; United Nations (UN) system; United States; WEOG



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