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.
Read more about the functions and powers of the GA
For questions relating to documents, list of speakers, announcements in the UN Journal and more, contact the General Assembly Secretariat.
The Delegates Handbook , revised and issued each year at the beginning of the General Assembly, is applicable throughout the session. The 2016 Handbook (71st session) is interactive.
The Protocol and Liaison Service website provides information and forms for registration, accreditation and pass issuance or renewal for Member States.
Photo album: 2016 general debate
A unique collection of photos of UN’s most high-profile week of the year.