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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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Human rights and cultural diversity : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly

3 March 2016 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly

5 March 2009 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

International Covenants on Human Rights : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly

4 March 2008 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Resolutions/Recommendations/Declarations

Report of the Secretary-General: 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

18 September 2006 | Publisher: UN General Assembly | Document type: Thematic Reports

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