Chapter IX: International economic and social co-operation
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
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.
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.
The Organization shall make recommendations for the coordination
of the policies and activities of the specialized agencies.
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.
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