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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 IX: International economic and social co-operation

Article 55

With a view to the creation of conditions of stability and well-being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, the United Nations shall promote:

a. higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development;

b. solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational co-operation; and

c. universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

Article 56

All Members pledge themselves to take joint and separate action in cooperation with the Organization for the achievement of the purposes set forth in Article 55.

Article 57

1. The various specialized agencies, established by intergovernmental agreement and having wide international responsibilities, as defined in their basic instruments, in economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related fields, shall be brought into relationship with the United Nations in accordance with the provisions of Article 63.

2. Such agencies thus brought into relationship with the United Nations are hereinafter referred to as specialized agencies.

Article 58

The Organization shall make recommendations for the coordination of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies.

Article 59

The Organization shall, where appropriate, initiate negotiations among the states concerned for the creation of any new specialized agencies required for the accomplishment of the purposes set forth in Article 55.

Article 60

Responsibility for the discharge of the functions of the Organization set forth in this Chapter shall be vested in the General Assembly and, under the authority of the General Assembly, in the Economic and Social Council, which shall have for this purpose the powers set forth in Chapter X.