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 full text, see Appendix, p. 159). This constitutional document, approved by the San Francisco Conference, has remained formally unchanged, except for the enlargement of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council. It provides the legal, institutional framework for the organization. Examining its main features helps in estimating 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 useful discussion of possible reforms.


International Atomic Energy Agency International Monetary Fund World Trade Organization Security Council International Labor Organization 
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© Peter R. Baehr and Leon Gordenker 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. Baehr
    • 1
  • Leon Gordenker
    • 2
  1. 1.HeemstedeNetherlands
  2. 2.PrincetonUSA

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