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Peace and Security

WFUNF's Work in Peace and Security

What is the role of the Security Council

What is the Security Council?

Maintaining Peace and Security


The Security Council


WFUNF's activities within the International peace and security area .

WFUNF contributes to the removal of obstacles to peace, work for justice, security and support to UN for promote the development of peaceful co-existence and co-operations among nations.
Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.

The UN Charter established six main organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council. It gives primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security to the Security Council, which may meet whenever peace is threatened.

According to the Charter, the United Nations has four purposes:
When a complaint concerning a threat to peace is brought before it, the Council’s first action is usually to recommend that the parties try to reach agreement by peaceful means. The Council may:
When a dispute leads to hostilities, the Council’s primary concern is to bring them to an end as soon as possible. In that case, The Council may:
Beyond this, the Council may opt for enforcement measures, including:
A chief concern is to focus action on those responsible for the policies or practices condemned by the international community, while minimizing the impact of the measures taken on other parts of the population and economy.
The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946 at Church House, Westminster, London. Since its first meeting, the Security Council has taken permanent residence at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. It also travelled to many cities, holding sessions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1972, in Panama City, Panama, and in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1990.

A representative of each of its members must be present at all times at UN Headquarters so that the Security Council can meet at any time as the need arises.
All members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council. While other organs of the United Nations make recommendations to member states, only the Security Council has the power to make decisions that member states are then obligated to implement under the Charter.
  • To maintain international peace and security

  • To develop friendly relations among nations

  • To cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights

  • And to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations
  • Set forth principles for such an agreement

  • Undertake investigation and mediation, in some cases

  • Dispatch a mission

  • Appoint special envoys; or

  • Request the Secretary-General to use his good offices to achieve a pacific settlement of the dispute.
  •  Issue ceasefire directives that can help prevent an escalation of the conflict

  • Dispatch military observers or a peacekeeping force to help reduce tensions, separate opposing forces and establish a calm in which peaceful settlements may be sought.
  • Economic sanctions, arms embargoes, financial penalties and restrictions, and travel bans

  • Severance of diplomatic relations

  • Blockade

  • Or even collective military action
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