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close this bookUN Charter of the United Nations (UN)
View the documentPreamble
View the documentChapter I: Purposes and principles
View the documentChapter II: Membership
View the documentChapter III: Organs
View the documentChapter IV: The general assembly
View the documentChapter V: The security council
View the documentChapter VI: Pacific settlement of disputes
View the documentChapter VII: Action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression
View the documentChapter VIII: Regional arrangements
View the documentChapter IX: International economic and social co-operation
View the documentChapter X: The economic and social council
View the documentChapter XI: Declaration regarding non-self-governing territories
View the documentChapter XII: International trusteeship system
View the documentChapter XIII: The trusteeship council
View the documentChapter XIV: The international court of justice
View the documentChapter XV: The secretariat
View the documentChapter XVI: Miscellaneous provisions
View the documentChapter XVII: Transitional security arrangements
View the documentChapter XVIII: Amendments
View the documentChapter XIX: Ratification and signature

Chapter XIII: The trusteeship council


Article 86

1. The Trusteeship Council shall consist of the following Members of the United Nations:

a. those Members administering trust territories;

b. such of those Members mentioned by name in Article 23 as are not administering trust territories; and

c. as many other Members elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly as may be necessary to ensure that the total number of members of the Trusteeship Council is equally divided between those Members of the United Nations which administer trust territories and those which do not.

2. Each member of the Trusteeship Council shall designate one specially qualified person to represent it therein.

Functions and Powers

Article 87

The General Assembly and, under its authority, the Trusteeship Council, in carrying out their functions, may:

a. consider reports submitted by the administering authority;

b. accept petitions and examine them in consultation with the administering authority;

c. provide for periodic visits to the respective trust territories at times agreed upon with the administering authority; and

d. take these and other actions in conformity with the terms of the trusteeship agreements.

Article 88

The Trusteeship Council shall formulate a questionnaire on the political, economic, social, and educational advancement of the inhabitants of each trust territory, and the administering authority for each trust territory within the competence of the General Assembly shall make an annual report to the General Assembly upon the basis of such questionnaire.


Article 89

1. Each member of the Trusteeship Council shall have one vote.

2. Decisions of the Trusteeship Council shall be made by a majority of the members present and voting.


Article 90

1. The Trusteeship Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure, including the method of selecting its President.

2. The Trusteeship 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.

Article 91

The Trusteeship Council shall, when appropriate, avail itself of the assistance of the Economic and Social Council and of the specialized agencies in regard to matters with which they are respectively concerned.