How are resolutions of the General Assembly enforced?
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016
General Assembly resolutions and decisions are formal expressions of the opinion or will of the Assembly. Some resolutions and decisions, such as those regarding contributions to the regular and peacekeeping budgets of the organization, may require action by Member States. As a result, the enforcement of a resolution or decision can differ depending on the resolution, decision, or Member State.
Resolutions and decisions are adopted in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the General Assembly's Rules of Procedure.
The PGA Handbook, a practical guide to the General Assembly rules, procedures, and working methods, has additional information about resolutions in section 3.5, beginning on p. 52. This publication was published in 2011 by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. Mr. Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) was President of the General Assembly (PGA) in the 65th session (2010-2011).
Practices in the General Assembly may change over time.
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