One of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN)
Only body in which every member of the organization is represented and allowed to vote
First session of the assembly convened on Jan. 10, 1946, 51 countries were represented
As of 2006 there were 192 members of the General Assembly
Numerous nonmembers maintain observer status, enabling them to participate in the work of the General Assembly.
The General Assembly exercises deliberative, supervisory, financial, and elective functions relating to any matter within the scope of the UN Charter
Its primary role, however, is to discuss issues and make recommendations, though it has no power to enforce its resolutions or compel state action.
Strengthening Voices for Democracy
Most nations throughout history have been governed by monarchy., Sovereignty lies with a single hereditary ruler
Transition from monarchy to representative democracy, Gradual process, Stretched from the Middle Ages up to the twentieth century, Took place in Western Europe and the United States, Three critical achievements, Representation, Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500), Empowerment, Early Modern (ca. 1500-1800), Suffrage, Nineteenth century