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Where Are the Headquarters of Security Council

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Under the Charter of the United Nations, the UN Security Council has specific functions. In addition to the maintenance of international peace and security, it has conciliatory and coercive powers. Conciliatory powers include the authority investigate any dispute or situation which might lead to an international conflict; recommend methods of mediating disputes or settlements; and recommend action to avert threats to peace or acts of aggression. The United Nation's Charter lists several means for the settlement of disputes, including negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judgement by a court, proceeding through regional agencies, and other means. However, the role of the Security Council in providing these settlements is not always clear. For example, the Council may either offer conciliatory services in the case of disputes, or simply wait for the dispute to be brought before the Council. In other words, if nine member nations on the Security Council believe that an issue warrants intervention, then they will intercede with conciliatory action. If the members do not believe that a dispute warrants intervention, then the nations involved in the dispute must bring their problem before the Security Council. In this respect, the Security Council's role is to judge international circumstances to determine if conciliatory intervention is necessary. Because the Security Council is charged with the maintenance of world peace, these determinations should transcend political interests, but again, the diverse nature of the Council's members often results in competing political, cultural and economic interests.
In its role as international peacekeeper, the Security also has coercive powers designed to enforce its resolutions and prevent large-scale aggression. The Security Council's coercive powers include the authority to "call on Members to apply economic sanctions and other measures not involving the use of force to prevent or stop aggression," and...


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