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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

United Nations, Security Council

Sir Michael Wood

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 July 2019

Subject(s):
Unilateral acts — Collective security — International peace and security — Peace keeping

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

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...
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