United Nations Trusteeship Council

The Charter of the United Nations, taking into consideration, the number of peoples subject to the trusteeship created the United Nations Trusteeship Council, which had the obligation to monitor the development of said peoples with the purpose that the aforementioned peoples could govern themselves fully. Due to the fulfillment of its functions in the Charter, on November 1, 1994, the Board of Trustees ceased to exercise its functions, to meet when necessary.

The Charter of the United Nations states the following: 

Article 86

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

          a. Members who administer trust territories;

          b. Members mentioned by name in Article 23 who are not administering trust territories; and

          c. as many other Members elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly as necessary to ensure that the total number of members of the Trusteeship Council is divided equally between the Members of the United Nations administering such territories and non-administrators.

   2. Each member of the Trusteeship Council shall designate a specially qualified person to represent them on the Council.

Article 87

In the performance of their functions, the General Assembly and, under its authority, the Trusteeship Council, may:

          a. consider reports submitted by the administering authority;

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

          c. arrange periodic visits to the trust territories on dates agreed with the administering authority; and

          d. take these and other measures in accordance with the terms of the trusteeship agreements.

Article 88

The Trusteeship Council will formulate a questionnaire on the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the inhabitants of each trust territory; and the administrative authority of each trust territory within the competence of the General Assembly, will render an annual report to it on the basis of said questionnaire.

Article 89

Each member of the Trusteeship Council shall have one vote.

The decisions of the Trusteeship Council will be taken by the vote of the majority of the members present and voting.

Article 90

1. The Trusteeship Council shall issue its own regulations, which shall establish the method of electing its President.

2. The Board of Trustees will meet when necessary, according to its regulations. This will contain provisions on convening the Council at the request of the majority of its members.  

Article 91

The Trusteeship Council, when it deems it appropriate, will avail itself of the assistance of the Economic and Social Council and that of the specialized agencies with respect to matters within their respective competence.