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United Nations Security Council

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Organs of the United Nations | How the UN functions

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Intro Lesson 2: The Principal Organs of the United Nations

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What is the Security Council? (Explainer)

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How Does The UN Work?

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Differences of UN Security Council and UN General Assembly

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with the maintenance of international peace and security as well as accepting new members to the United Nations and approving any changes to its United Nations Charter. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states. The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946.
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