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Security Council

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The Security Council is the second principal organ of the United Nations (Principal Organs, Subsidiary Organs, Treaty Bodies) named in Article 7 (1) of the UN Charter ( Charter of the UN): General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council ( ECOSOC), Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice ( ICJ), and Secretariat. The five permanent members of the Security Council (P5) exercise considerable influence over the machinery and decisions of the Security Council. In addition to procedural issues and questions of organizational law, resolutions on peace-keeping make up about three quarters of the work of the Security Council. The Working Group on reform of the Security Council has met frequently since 1993 and has since published annual reports, each of which has been taken note of by the General Assembly. The idea of a European seat on the Security Council has been repeatedly put forward by Italy.

Keywords: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); European seat; General Assembly; Security Council; United Nations



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