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UN General Assembly

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations. It is composed of representatives of all Member States, each of which has one vote. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new Members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are reached by a simple majority. These decisions may be adopted without a vote, or with a vote, which may be recorded, non-recorded or by roll-call. While the decisions of the General Assembly have no legally binding force for Governments, they carry the weight of world opinion on major international issues, as well as the moral authority of the world community. The work of the United Nations derives largely from the decisions of the General Assembly, i.e. the will of the majority of the Members, as expressed in resolutions adopted by the General Assembly. This database contains General Assembly reports and resolutions of relevance to the work of UNHCR.  Website: www.un.org/ga
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Status of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

21 August 2006 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

15 August 2006 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

1 August 2006 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

19 August 2005 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

11 August 2005 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Report of the Secretary-General

1 August 2005 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Report of the Secretary-General

1 August 2005 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women: Report of the Secretary-General

3 September 2003 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report of the Secretary-General

28 August 2003 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

Status of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Report of the Secretary-General**

22 August 2003 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Legislative History / Travaux Préparatoires

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