Note: Following the independence of Palau in 1994 the work of the Trusteeship Council was suspended. It may, however, meet at the request of the General Assembly or Security Council.

The Trusteeship Council was established under Chapter XIII of the UN Charter to supervise governments of trust territories and to lead them to self-governance or independence. It consisted of states administering trust territories, permanent members of the Security Council (that did not administer trust territories) and other members elected by the General Assembly. Originally, the council met once each year. Each member had one vote, and decisions were taken by a simple majority of those present.


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