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This article is about the United Nations General Assembly. For information about the General Assemblies that take place in Model United Nations Conferences, see General Assembly.
General Assembly
The General Assembly is the largest international committee that the United Nations hosts. The General Assembly (or GA) was established in 1945 with the creation of the Charter of the United Nations which states, in Chapter IV, that it has the right to "discuss any questions or any matters within the scope of the present Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any organs provided for in the present Charter, and... may make recommendations to the Members of the United Nations or to the Security Council or to both on any such questions or matters."

The General Assembly consists of representatives from each of the United Nations' Members and meets in a grand hall inside the Headquarters of the UN building in New York.

Countries are arranged in the hall in alphabetical order (according to the spelling of their official names in English), with a random country chosen to be "first" in the order every year, and the rest of the countries following afterwards.

The General Assembly discusses and votes upon many resolutions that have been submitted by the various other councils of the UN. These resolutions are usually passed either by consensus or by a vast majority, as they have already been debated at length in smaller committees and are agreeable to nearly all Member States.

The ideas put forward by these resolutions are not binding to all Member States, as the UN does not have the mandate to interfere with governments' own political processes and soveriegnity, although they do put considerable political pressure on Member States who do not sign and ratify their own versions of the resolutions or adhere to the advice given in them.

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