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CHAPTER X
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
COMPOSITION

Article 61
1. The Economic and Social Council shall consist of fifty-four Members of the United
Nations elected by the General Assembly.

2. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 3, eighteen members of the Economic and
Social Council shall be elected each year for a term of three years. A retiring member
shall be eligible for immediate re-election.

3. At the first election after the increase in the membership of the Economic and Social
Council from twenty-seven to fifty-four members, in addition to the members elected in
place of the nine members whose term of office expires at the end of that year, twentyseven
additional members shall be elected. Of these twenty-seven additional members,
the term of office of nine members so elected shall expire at the end of one year, and of
nine other members at the end of two years, in accordance with arrangements made by
the General Assembly.

4. Each member of the Economic and Social Council shall have one representative.

FUNCTIONS and POWERS

Article 62
1. The Economic and Social Council may make or initiate studies and reports with respect
to international economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters and
may make recommendations with respect to any such matters to the General Assembly
to the Members of the United Nations, and to the specialized agencies concerned.
2. It may make recommendations for the purpose of promoting respect for, and
observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.
3. It may prepare draft conventions for submission to the General Assembly, with respect
to matters falling within its competence.
4. It may call, in accordance with the rules prescribed by the United Nations, international
conferences on matters falling within its competence.

Article 63
1. The Economic and Social Council may enter into agreements with any of the agencies
referred to in Article 57, defining the terms on which the agency concerned shall be
brought into relationship with the United Nations. Such agreements shall be subject to
approval by the General Assembly.
2. It may co-ordinate the activities of the specialized agencies through consultation with
and recommendations to such agencies and through recommendations to the General
Assembly and to the Members of the United Nations.

Article 64
1. The Economic and Social Council may take appropriate steps to obtain regular reports
from the specialized agencies. It may make arrangements with the Members of the
United Nations and with the specialized agencies to obtain reports on the steps taken
to give effect to its own recommendations and to recommendations on matters falling
within its competence made by the General Assembly.
2. It may communicate its observations on these reports to the General Assembly.

Article 65
The Economic and Social Council may furnish information to the Security Council and shall
assist the Security Council upon its request.

Article 66
1. The Economic and Social Council shall perform such functions as fall within its
competence in connexion with the carrying out of the recommendations of the General
Assembly.
2. It may, with the approval of the General Assembly, perform services at the request of
Members of the United Nations and at the request of specialized agencies.
3. It shall perform such other functions as are specified elsewhere in the present Charter
or as may be assigned to it by the General Assembly.


VOTING

Article 67
1. Each member of the Economic and Social Council shall have one vote.
2. Decisions of the Economic and Social Council shall be made by a majority of the
members present and voting.


PROCEDURE

Article 68
The Economic and Social Council shall set up commissions in economic and social fields and
for the promotion of human rights, and such other commissions as may be required for the
performance of its functions.

Article 69
The Economic and Social Council shall invite any Member of the United Nations to participate,
without vote, in its deliberations on any matter of particular concern to that Member.

Article 70
The Economic and Social Council may make arrangements for representatives of the
specialized agencies to participate, without vote, in its deliberations and in those of the
commissions established by it, and for its representatives to participate in the deliberations of
the specialized agencies.

Article 71
The Economic and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation with nongovernmental
organizations which are concerned with matters within its competence. Such
arrangements may be made with international organizations and, where appropriate, with
national organizations after consultation with the Member of the United Nations concerned.

Article 72
1. The Economic and Social Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the
method of selecting its President.
2. The Economic and Social Council shall meet as required in accordance with its rules,
which shall include provision for the convening of meetings on the request of a
majority of its members.

 

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