Trusteeship Council of the United Nations

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Trusteeship Council of the United Nations


a major UN agency, which acts in behalf of the UN with regard to the territories administered as part of the international trusteeship system.

The primary responsibility of the Trusteeship Council is to see that the states entrusted with territories promote the political, economic, and social advancement of the inhabitants of the trust territories, and their progressive development toward self-government and independence. The Trusteeship Council consists of three categories of UN members—those members administering trust territories, such of the permanent members of the Security Council as are not administering trust territories, and 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 that administer trust territories and those that do not (art. 86 of the UN Charter).

On Dec. 14, 1960, the adoption of the Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples raised the question of complete abolition of the UN trusteeship system, since almost all the trust territories in existence when the UN Charter was adopted are now independent states.

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