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In the official documents of the United Nations (UN) as well as in the secondary literature the term UN system has been fully accepted. Chart 1 provides a first overview of the UN system; it shows only the tip of the iceberg which serves as a proxy to the real complexity of the total system. The relations between the UN and the specialized agencies are to be analyzed by referring to three types of documents: the Charter of the UN, the constitutions of the respective specialized agencies and the relationship agreements. The co-ordination problems have grown because of the shifting of tasks and the increase of institutions, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s, despite all efforts to develop appropriate solutions. Here, one can distinguish between functional, institutional, regional and financial coordination problems at and between individual levels of the UN system..

Keywords: Charter of the UN; UN system



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