Comparison with the League of Nations - Voting



Under the Covenant, decisions of the League could be made only by unanimous vote. This rule applied both to the League's Council, which had special responsibilities for maintaining peace (the equivalent of the UN's Security Council), and to the all-member Assembly (the equivalent of the UN's General Assembly). In effect, each member state of the League had the power of the veto, and, except for procedural matters and a few specified topics, a single "nay" killed any resolution. Learning from this mistake, the founders of the UN decided that all its organs and subsidiary bodies should make decisions by some type of majority vote (though, on occasion, committees dealing with a particularly controversial issue have been known to proceed by consensus). The rule of unanimity applies only to five major powers—France, China, the UK, the US, and the Russian Federation—and then only when they are acting in their capacity as permanent members of the Security Council. The Security Council also proceeds by majority vote, but on substantive (though not on procedural) matters, it must include the concurring votes of all the permanent members. (See the section on Voting in the chapter on the Security Council.)

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Triton
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May 2, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
Very good information. I came to know a lot about the undemocratic functioning of the United Nations(UN).
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Pili
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Apr 7, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
I have a question that my history teacher asked me to search. HOW MANY ( i need a number) countries had to be in agreement in order to apply, for example, a sanction?
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Mike
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Mar 8, 2018 @ 7:07 am
VERY interesting article... food for thought... it really puts into perspective how the league of nations was great unlike the UN
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Lila
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Nov 22, 2018 @ 2:02 am
Why did the requirements that decisions of the assembly and council had to be unanimous cause problems for the league?
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what
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Jan 26, 2019 @ 12:12 pm
the fact that it had to unanimous caused it to fail as a country with an aim that was not compatible with the league of nations could stop everything with a single vote

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