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UN Charter

Introductory Note
Chapter I: Purposes and Principles (Articles 1-2)
Chapter II: Membership (Articles 3-6)
Chapter III: Organs (Articles 7-8)
Chapter IV: The General Assembly (Articles 9-22)
Chapter V: The Security Council (Articles 23-32)
Chapter VI: Pacific Settlement of Disputes (Articles 33-38)
Chapter VII: Action with Respect to Threats to the Peace, Breaches of the Peace, and Acts of Aggression (Articles 39-51)
Chapter VIII: Regional Arrangements (Articles 52-54)
Chapter IX: International Economic and Social Cooperation (Articles 55-60)
Chapter X: The Economic and Social Council (Articles 61-72)
Chapter XI: Declaration Regarding Non-Self-Governing Territories (Articles 73-74)
Chapter XII: International Trusteeship System (Articles 75-85)
Chapter XIII: The Trusteeship Council (Articles 86-91)
Chapter XIV: The International Court of Justice (Articles 92-96)
Chapter XV: The Secretariat (Articles 97-101)
Chapter XVI: Miscellaneous Provisions (Articles 102-105)
Chapter XVII: Transitional Security Arrangements
Chapter XVIII: Amendments (Articles 108-109)
Chapter XIX: Ratification and Signature (Articles 110-111)

Chapter IX: International Economic and Social Cooperation (Articles 55-60)


Article 55

With a view to the creation of conditions of stability and well–being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self–determination of peoples, the United Nations shall promote:

a. higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development;

b. solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation; and

c. universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

Article 56

All Members pledge themselves to take joint and separate action in co–operation with the Organization for the achievement of the purposes set forth in Article 55.

Article 57

  1. The various specialized agencies, established by intergovernmental agreement and having wide international responsibilities, as defined in their basic instruments, in economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related fields, shall be brought into relationship with the United Nations in accordance with the provisions of Article 63.
  2. Such agencies thus brought into relationship with the United Nations are hereinafter referred to as specialized agencies.<>

Article 58

The Organization shall make recommendations for the co–ordination of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies.

Article 59

The Organization shall, where appropriate, initiate negotiations among the states concerned for the creation of any new specialized agencies required for the accomplishment of the purposes set forth in Article 55.

Article 60

Responsibility for the discharge of the functions of the Organization set forth in this Chapter shall be vested in the General Assembly and, under the authority of the General Assembly, in the Economic and Social Council, which shall have for this purpose the powers set forth in Chapter X.

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