United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

 

Context:

 

  • India, once again, abstained as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted 141-5 (35 abstentions) to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling upon Moscow to unconditionally withdraw its troops.
  • Voting on the resolution occurred after representatives of more than 120 countries, territories and associations, made remarks over two days at a special emergency session of the UNGA.

 

 

About UNGA:

 

  • The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the main policy-making organ of the Organization. Comprising all Member States, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations.
  • Each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations has an equal vote.

 

The UNGA also makes key decisions for the UN, including:

 

  • appointing the Secretary-General on the recommendation of the Security Council
  • electing the non-permanent members of the Security Council
  • approving the UN budget
  • The Assembly meets in regular sessions from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.
  • It discusses specific issues through dedicated agenda items or sub-items, which lead to the adoption of resolutions.
  • The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence.
  • It has also initiated actions – political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal – which have benefitted the lives of millions of people throughout the world.

Source: THE HINDU.

 

 

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