About the General Assembly
Functions and Powers
The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN.
Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority.
Each country has one vote. Some Member States in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote. See the list of countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions.
The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session.
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Revitalization of its work
During its 58th session, the General Assembly identified as a priority the need to make its work more focused and relevant by :
- streamline the Agenda;
- improve the practices and working methods of the Main Committees;
- enhance the role of the General Committee;
- strengthen the role and authority of the President; and
- examine the Assembly’s role in the process to select the Secretary-General.
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For questions relating to documents, list of speakers, announcements in the UN Journal and more, contact the General Assembly Secretariat.
The Delegate's Handbook, revised and issued each year at the beginning of the General Assembly, is applicable throughout the session.
The Protocol and Liaison Service website provides information and forms for registration, accreditation and pass issuance or renewal for Member States.