United Nations System

The United Nations System consists of the United Nations' six principal bodies (the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the UN Secretariat),[1] the Specialized Agencies and related organizations.[2] The UN System includes subsidiary bodies such as the separately administered funds and programmes, research and training institutes, and other subsidiary entities.[3][4] Some of these organizations predate the founding of the United Nations in 1945 and were inherited after the dissolution of the League of Nations.

The United Nations Office at Geneva (Switzerland) is the second biggest UN centre, after the United Nations Headquarters (New York City).

The executive heads of some of the United Nations System organizations and the World Trade Organization, which is not formally part of the United Nations System,[5][6][7] have seats on the United Nations System Chief Executives' Board for Coordination (CEB).[8] This body, chaired by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, meets twice a year to co-ordinate the work of the organizations of the United Nations System.

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