Committees

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The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is the principal UN policymaking body that focuses on crime prevention and criminal justice. The Commission works on a variety of issues including international cooperation in criminal matters, measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants, and violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main global intergovernmental body that works exclusively on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission promote gender equality and women’s rights in the political, economic, and social fields.

The General Assembly Second Committee handles agenda items related to a range of financial and economic matters. The committee adopts resolutions on issues varying from financing and development, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and global partnerships.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) functions as the international center for cooperation in the nuclear field . This agency works with Member States for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear science and technology and meets five times per year to discuss these issues.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, established in 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations. Composed of 15 Judges elected by the General Assembly and Security Council, the Court’s role is to settle legal disputes and give advisory legal opinions regarding cases submitted by Member States, in accordance with international law.

The Security Council (SC) was established in 1945 through the United Nations Charter as one of the six main organs of the United Nations. By mandate, its primary responsibility is to maintain international peace and security. Resolutions passed by the SC are the only ones which are binding and must be carried out by Member-States.

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and works towards finding innovative solutions to tackle environmental issues and sustainable consumption and production. The Assembly deals with a wide collection of issues that relate to this such as food security and halting biodiversity loss, poverty and natural resources management, and sustainable business development with rapid technological change.