Charter and Structure of the United Nations

  • Peter R. Baehr
  • Leon Gordenker


The structure and some of the most important procedures of the United Nations are set forth in its Charter (for the full text see the Appendix). This constitutional document emerged from the San Francisco Conference and has remained formally unchanged, except for the enlargement of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council. It provides the institutional framework for the organization. Examining its main features can help in understanding the UN’s success in reaching its main goal: the maintenance of international peace and security. Moreover, knowledge of the constitutional structure is essential for the discussion of possible reforms, later in this book.


International Atomic Energy Agency International Monetary Fund Security Council United 1972 Nations Environment Programme International Labour Organization 
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© Peter R. Baehr and Leon Gordenker 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. Baehr
    • 1
  • Leon Gordenker
    • 2
  1. 1.Leiden University and Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Princeton UniversityUSA

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