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 and 21 Vice-Presidents for each session.

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Practical arrangements

The Delegates Handbook PDF, 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.

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