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Rules Of Procedure By General Assembly, Security Council

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Articles 21 and 30 of the Charter of the UN empower the General Assembly and the Security Council, respectively, to adopt their own rules of procedure. In this respect the Charter follows the example of modern state constitutions which, as a rule, regulate the organization and procedure of collective constitutional organs (in particular parliaments) in general terms only, leaving it to the bodies themselves to decide on the details. The General Assembly adopted its rules of procedure in the second session on 17 November 1947. According to Rule 163, the rules of procedure can be amended by a decision of the Assembly, taken by a majority of the members present and voting. The procedure of the Security Council is still guided by the provisional rules of procedure of 24 June 1946.

Keywords: General Assembly; Rule 163; rules of procedure; Security Council; UN Charter



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