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What happens if a member of the UN Security Council ignores a resolution?

From what I understand, resolutions passed by the UN Security Council are legally binding to all member states compared to the things passed by the General Assembly. So what would happen if a member ...
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Does Russia's veto at the UN Security Council end any role for the United Nations in investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria?

This afternoon, a resolution at the UN Security Council, aimed to establish an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, was vetoed by Russia. Is there a way that the ...
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Is the UN headquarters (or any UN building) under umbrella of Article 22 of Vienna Convention?

Article 22 of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 states this about countries' embassies: The premises of the mission shall be inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not ...
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Can the USA government expel foreign diplomats working for the UN?

CNN reports that USA expelled 12 russian diplomats assigned to the UN. This (at least to a layman's POV) implies that the USA government can dictate who can and who can not work with the UN, and ...
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On what basis U.N. inducts new member states?

For example if a new nation is formed (e.g. South Sudan) then what are the necessary conditions a nation must satisfy so that they could be eligible for getting inducted into U.N. ??
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Can a nation just deny refugees to enter into their nation? [duplicate]

Is there any international mandate by UN which forces nations to accept refugees (For e.g. EU fines countries for not accepting refugees) and if not , can nations simply deny all refugees entering?
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What will happen if U.S. stops funding U.N.? [closed]

Donald Trump - "When all of our taxpayers are paying roughly 22 percent of the budget, I think they do expect to see a more efficient and an organization that's more objective and more in keeping ...
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By what mechanisms can International border disputes be resolved?

For example China claims a large chunk of Indian Himalayan state as part of "southern Tibet," which is known as Arunachal Pradesh in India, which administers it, but China claims to not recognize ...
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How can U.N. or other international bodies stop a naval/land based blockade which might cause humanitarian crisis?

If you look at map of Yemen then you can easily find out that it's surrounded by Oman and Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia led coalition is causing a naval and land based blockade to Yemen - which has to ...
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Does Britain have de jure authority over the West Bank and Gaza?

That is, did the British Mandate of Palestine legally end? Britain was granted a "mandate" over Palestine by the League of Nations from 1923, "until such time as [it is] able to stand alone". British ...
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Does the UN recognize the borders of the 1947 Palestine partition? Or the 1949 armistice borders? Or something else?

Israel controlled a larger area by the 1949 armistice than the 1947 partition envisioned. However, the 1949 armistice lines are now widely understood as delimiting "Israel Proper". Was Israeli ...
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Does one country cutting off defensive cooperation with another country constitute a valid casus belli as per international law?

I was reading an article on a developing situation in one of the most volatile regions in the world and the strained ties between US and Pakistan. It is being speculated that Pakistan might end ...
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Has the UN Terrorist Financing Convention had a material impact?

The UN Terrorist Financing Convention was ratified in 1999 and has been ratified by 187 nations, yet very little information is available on the material impact it has had upon preventing terror ...
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What real effect does today's UN vote to condemn the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital have?

The United States is still going to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, so what impact does today's (12/21/17) vote really have?
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MONUSCO: Member state reaction to UN offensive in the Congo

Last week in the DROC the UN suffered its greatest loss of peacekeeper life since the Battle of Mogadishu, with at least 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers being killed by the insurgent group Allied Democratic ...
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What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been declared?

In How to Become a Country in 3 Easy Steps they mention: Step 1 Declare independence Step 2 Gain recognition Step 3 Join the United Nations Foreign Policy has a similar article How to Start Your ...
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Did Mandatory power in Mandatory Palestine act 'prejudicially'?

The preamble in the British Mandate for Palestine has the following: ... Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the ...
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Does the UN have any internal safeguards applying to its resolutions?

This is kind of related to this question: Can a UN member be penalized for threatening the destruction of another member? In one of the answers, it is written that "the UN can do whatever won't get a ...
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Who can get UN kicked out of New York City?

There's a fairly large amount of people who think UN should be kicked out of New York City. Why and whether it's a valid point of view is rather irrelevant. What I'm interested in, what would be ...
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Can a UN member be penalized for threatening the destruction of another member?

Suppose a UN member state threatens complete destruction of another member state - not even an invasion, but complete destruction. This is clearly in violation of the UN's goals and charter - the ...
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What UN policies could help end the Rohingya crisis? [closed]

We all are aware of the condition of Rohingya, a Muslim minority, in Myanmar. No country is giving them shelter, though some are living in Bangladesh and India. Still, they have to find a permanent ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

With the destructive power of nuclear weapons, it's understandable the concerted effort by many world bodies to vigorously regulate and control the ownership of nuclear weapons. The NPT is one of such ...
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May the UN security council kick out permanent members?

It seems there is often a country or two using their veto power to dissent from the other members. Is there any mechanism for the UN to remove them in order to create their desired outcome? Or, in ...
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What is the procedure of changing official English country name by United Nations?

The country can't (directly) control how it is called in another languages, but if the language is the official language of an international organization that country is a member of, it has ...
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What stops any nation/country from leaving the UN?

Reading on the topic a little and I have learned that there is no provision in the United Nations for a member state to leave. Indonesia supposedly left the UN back in 1965, and a year later it was ...
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Which powers does the UN have, and how can they be changed?

Several times, I've seen UN pressuring its member countries to take certain measures regarding health care and internal politics. Do they have this authority? Is there any document or something ...
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National Security and the United Nations

So to my understanding national security is one of the utmost responsibilities of a head of government. However, how its foreign policy is done is another. My question is if a head of government saw ...
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What are the requirements for an entity to be granted observer status for the UN General Assembly?

I stumbled upon this "List of non- Member States, entities and organizations having received a standing invitation to participate as observers in the sessions and the work of the General Assembly" ...
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Why is North Korea allowed to be in the UN?

It is no obscure fact that North Korea is a major violator of human rights guidelines with its authoritarianism and poverty and is a major threat to world peace with its incessant nuclear weapons ...
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Could a large nation leave and be successful outside of the UN?

If a significant world power such as the US or Britain left the UN, what repercussions would it have and could the country still function? What impacts would it have on trade, laws, relations etc? PS:...
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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

The proposed reform of UNSC suggests that potential new candidates are Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. Does Saudi Arabia qualify for this position under any criterion?
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International Court of Justice and its jurisdiction

Can someone please explain the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It appears that a particular country takes its orders on some issues and the same country says that ICJ has no ...
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What is the rationale behind secret ballot by country at the UN?

The recent vote at the UN to allow Saudi Arabia on women rights council shed light onto something else: country votes are secret. Apparently, the only way wikileaks found to ask for the vote Sweden ...
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What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the UN women's rights commission?

What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the women rights commission? It happened so I would like to know what countries voted to make this possible.
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Why is Israel refusing to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect their facilities?

For years Israel has refused opening their nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection and Israel signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 45 member states, including Turkey, Russia, China and Iran, ...
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What is the point of the UN Security council if permanent members have veto power?

It basically makes the UN a paper tiger since getting all of them to agree on something important is impossible. For example if you consider the Russian annexation of the Crimea wrong good luck with ...
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What could the United Nations do after a chemical attack in Syria?

In Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel held town, there have been reports of a chemical attack. The reports claim that it were launched by the Syrian government. According to the Chemical Weapons Convention the ...
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Who and on what basis determines how much US pays for UN?

US pays 22% of UN's total budget and 28.5% of peacekeeping budget. Who; and on what basis, determines those figures? I'd prefer precise rules if they exist, over general principles like "US has ...
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What is the relation between “recognition” and “legality” of a country"?

There are recognized countries that are members of UN. There are recognized countries that are not members of UN. There are legal countries that are not widely recognized. So, what is the relation ...
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Why are almost all of the United Nations headquarters located in Europe or America?

Why are almost all of the United Nations headquarters located in Europe or America? Why aren't there any headquarter of UN department in Asia or Latin America or Africa? See this Wikipedia list:
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Would the Trump administration be breaching the United Nations Convention against Torture if they bring back interrogative torture?

Donald Trump has made it clear, that he is pro-torture. As written in Trump claims torture works but experts warn of its 'potentially existential' costs: Donald Trump has used his first TV ...
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The Oil-for-Food Programme vs Iran

The Oil-for-Food Programme (OIP), established by the United Nations in 1995, under UN Security Council Resolution 986, was to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine ...
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What are arguments for and contra for a bill “To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.”

Here, one can see a bill "To end membership of the United States in the United Nations." What do the proponents and opponents of the bill state to be advantages and disadvantages of approval of ...
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Do sanctions really serve their purpose?

Does economic sanctions on a country serve any purpose at all other than make the ordinary citizens suffer? Most of the times sanctions are placed on a country which is either not democratic or less ...
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Can US ban China from the islands?

Beijing should be denied access to islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, according to Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. He did not elaborate on how exactly ...
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What are the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations? [closed]

Looking back about 70 years now, what have been the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations? What use has the UN done? Was the UN effective in ending the cold war peacefully? Has the UN helped ...
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Does the UN Security Council votes 14-0 to condemn Israeli settlement have binding consequences for Israel?

UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 (2016) 14-0 condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. The resolution called continuing construction in the ...
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Why have no US government officials been charged under the Geneva convention?

US and NATO have been big advocates for human rights and international law around the globe. I'm only focusing on Iraq and current military missions in the Middle East and violations of the Geneva ...
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UN's decision to publicly endorse a political candidate

So based on the charter of the United Nations, Article 2, the organisation is based on the sovereign of every member and they will not take actions for domestic affairs (in this context, it is in a ...
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Does Donald Trump have a position on funding of United Nations?

There exists a populist right wing opinion[1] that UN funding from US should be meaningfully diminished (or US should get out of UN, as the more extreme position), due to UN pursuing agenda that is ...