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Lesson 7:
The Main Organs of the United Nations

The UN Charter outlines the main organs of the UN, their composition, voting, functions and powers, and their relationship to one another.

This sets the scene for more in depth look at the various organs later, but meanwhile provides some basic information that is always useful.

We then encourage you to “learn by teaching” in your homework!


  • Review this video so you are clear about the 6 principle organs of the UN & where they came from.
  • Ask 2 or 3 others today if they know the 6 major organs of the UN and explain to them all 6 if they do not.
  • Which one is the only one not located in New York?
  • Who heads each one and how are they elected, for how long?


UN Charter

UN General Assembly Resolution 377 (V) “Uniting for Peace”
— ares377e Uniting For Peace

UN General Assembly

UN Security Council


Trusteeship Council

International Court of Justice
— https://www.icj-cij.org/

UN Secretariat

Suggested Reading and Resources

United Nations Today. New York: United Nations Dept. of Public Information, 2008. Print.
The NGLS Handbook of UN Agencies, Programmes, Funds and Conventions Working for Sustainable Development. Geneva [u.a.: NGLS, 2000. Print & Online Resource.

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