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Part VII Structure and Operations, Ch.35 General Assemblies and Assemblies of States Parties

Margaret P. Karns

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations

Edited By: Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd, Ian Johnstone

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 December 2022

Humanitarian intervention — Membership of international organizations — International organizations, practice and procedure — Resolutions of international organizations

In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) replaced the United Nations Environment Programme's Governing Council with the larger, universal membership United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This major step for UNEP demonstrates the continuing strength of an idea that took root in the mid-19th century, namely the importance of assemblies of all member states as primary governing bodies in intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). This chapter provides an overview of these assemblies, their purposes, and workings. It also touches on the somewhat different phenomenon of assemblies of state parties to international treaties. It begins by looking at the antecedents of the concept of general assemblies.

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