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This chapter provides general limits, ratione personae and ratione materiae, to the United Nations (UN) functions. Article 1 of the Charter, in listing the purposes of the UN and in thereby indicating the areas in which the Organization may act, adopts a very flexible and general formulation. The limit of domestic jurisdiction is the only general ratione materiae limit on the activity of the Organization. There are many international organizations that operate in the economic and social field apart from the UN. They are both universal and regional organizations. The relationship between each specialized Agency and the UN stems from an agreement which is entered into by the two organizations and which is negotiated by the Social and Economic Council and approved by the General Assembly.

Keywords: General Assembly; Organization; ratione materiae; ratione personae; United Nations functions



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