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With reference to the “United Nations Credentials Committee”, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a committee set up by the UN Security Council and works under its supervision.
  2. It traditionally meets in March, June and September every year.
  3. It assesses the credentials of all UN members before submitting a report to the General Assembly for approval.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 3 only

(b) 1 and 3

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 1 and 2

Explanation

The correct answer is: a) 3 only

  • Statement 1 is incorrect. The United Nations Credentials Committee is appointed by the UN General Assembly, not the UN Security Council.
  • Statement 2 is incorrect. The Credentials Committee traditionally meets in November or December before submitting its report to the General Assembly. It does not meet in March, June or September.
  • Statement 3 is correct. The Credentials Committee is mandated to examine the credentials of representatives of all UN Member States and submit a report to the General Assembly for approval.

Learn more

  • The Credentials Committee consists of 9 members appointed by the UNGA on the proposal of the UNGA President.
  • It is established at the beginning of each regular session of the UNGA.
  • Credentials of member state representatives are submitted to the UN Secretary-General.
  • Credentials must be issued by Head of State/Government or Foreign Minister as per UNGA Rules of Procedure.
  • The Committee elects its own officers and examines credentials before reporting to the UNGA.
  • Provisional admission is granted to representatives until the Credentials Committee report is approved by the UNGA.
  • The Credentials Committee also examines credentials for UNGA special and emergency sessions.

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