General Assembly

M. J. Peterson

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 General Assembly

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This article discusses the General Assembly, the forum where the sovereign equality of member states is taken very seriously. It shows that the most prominent change in international relations during the second half of the twentieth century was the liberation of colonized peoples, who are now citizens of the majority of member states. The article presents an argument for a better division of labour with other principal organs and also opening the General Assembly to other, nongovernmental voices.

Keywords: General Assembly; sovereign equality; member states; international relations; colonized peoples; liberation; division of labour; nongovernmental voices

Article.  9275 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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