Purposes and Principles - Principles

In pursuit of these purposes, the Charter stipulates that the UN and its members are to act in accordance with the following principles:

  1. that the organization is based on the sovereign equality of all its members;
  2. that all members are to fulfill in good faith their Charter obligations;
  3. that they are to settle their international disputes by peaceful means and without endangering peace, security, and justice;
  4. that they are to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against other states;
  5. that they are to give the UN every assistance in any action that it takes in accordance with the Charter and shall not assist states against which the UN is taking preventive or enforcement action;
  6. that the UN shall also ensure that states that are not members act in accordance with these principles insofar as is necessary to maintain international peace and security; and
  7. that nothing in the Charter is to authorize the UN to intervene in matters that are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state, though this principle is not to prejudice the application of enforcement measures made necessary in the event of a threat to or breach of the peace.

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