- Consulates — Diplomatic relations — Since World War II — Territoriality — Governments
This chapter examines the charter, structures, organs, and operations that govern the inner workings of the United Nations. It also attempts to show how over more than 60 years a number of events and developments have affected the character and practices of the United Nations. Undoubtedly, the most important single development has seen the total membership grow nearly fourfold (50 to 193) in number. Of this latest number, a majority are former dependent territories. In addition, diplomats working within the UN system usually belong to a national mission in New York and elsewhere. This entails a specialized role, invariably concentrating on a particular topic or committee, and being the basic source of advice to the ambassador, and hence to the capital.