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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations, Security Council

Michael Wood

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2023

Unilateral acts — Collective security — International peace and security — Peace keeping

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN). It is the organ upon which, ‘in order to ensure prompt and effective action’ (Art. 24 (1) United Nations Charter [‘UN Charter’]), the members of the UN have conferred ‘primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security’ (ibid). In carrying out these duties the Security Council acts on behalf of the members of the UN and is to act in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter (United Nations, Purposes and Principles). 2...
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