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power or influence; it only means that they are absolutely equal in their legal rights andobligations as sovereign states.· The rule on non-intervention is equally fundamental· For anything that is domestic, therefore, the UN can only operate with the consent ofthe local government· The gradual accumulation of security council resolutions expanding the internationalsphere results in reducing the domestic sphereGeneral assembly:· Each state gets one vote in the assembly, and decisions require supporting votes of2/3 of the members present and voting· Article 10 authorizes the assembly to discuss any questions or any matters of concernto the UN, the assembly’s power over those topics is limited to making recommendationsto states or to secretary general, issuing reports and launching studies· State’s obligations to these recommendations are very limited· The one exception to this pattern is that assembly has decisive power over the UNexpenditure budget and the allocation of costs among members states· This authority is established by article 17, and it is noteworthy because it means thatthe sensitive matters of revenue and spending are decided by the assembly by a 2/3majority vote without any special influence reserved for the highest contributing states àspending interest to general membership not just the Great Powers· The Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions: has 16members, elected from the General Assembly. It receives the draft budget from thesecretary general before sending it on to the assembly· In practice, the US can veto the budget in this committee stage before it ever reachesto the Assembly and no budget reaches the Assembly without US approval· Since GA is the closest thing to a global legislature that currently exists, its productsmight be seen as statements on behalf of the collective community. They fall far short oflegislation, but GA statements and resolutions are useful in legitimating positions,policies and ideas.Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
· ECOSOC is a subsidiary body of the GA, though it is formally set out in the charteras a permanent fixture of the UN· The scope of these power is broad, and includes the authority to discuss humanrights, health and development among other topics, but they are also very limited in thesense that they do not include the ability to take decisions or intervene in domesticaffairs.· ECOSOC functions mainly as a coordinating body for the varied agencies andprograms that are at work on these topics· It can be politically influential when it uses its administrative capacity to launchhigh-profile conferences or to publicize a topic that its members believe is important· ECOSCO’s 44 members are elected from the GA membership for a 3-year term witha system of regional representation similar to that of the Security CouncilThe Trusteeship council:· It operated until 1994 to oversee what the Charter called “non-self-governingterritories”

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