Codification Division Publications: Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs Codification Division Publications: Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs

Last update: August 23, 2016

Charter of the United Nations

Chapter I — Purposes and Principles

Article 2(1)–(5)

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.

1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.

2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfil in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.

3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.

6. [See separate study]

7. [See separate study]

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Repertory of Practice (1945–1954), volume 1 View PDF file
  Supplement No 1 (1954–1955), volume 1 View PDF file
  Supplement No 2 (1955–1959), volume 1 View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study) View PDF file
  Supplement No 3 (1959–1966), volume 1 View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study) View PDF file
  Supplement No 4 (1966–1969), volume 1 View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study) View PDF file
  Supplement No 5 (1970–1978), volume 1 View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study) View PDF file
  Supplement No 6 (1979–1984), volume 1 View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study) View PDF file
  Supplement No 7 (1985–1988), volume 1* View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study)* View PDF file
  Supplement No 8 (1989–1994), volume 1* View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study)* View PDF file
  Supplement No 9 (1995–1999), volume 1* View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study)* View PDF file
  Supplement No 10 (2000–2009), volume 1* View PDF file
    Article 2(4) (Separate study)* View PDF file

* Advance version in English