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The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the main bodies of the United Nations. It is the main debating chamber of the UN – all 193 member states are represented and have one vote each. It is also responsible for the UN’s budget, for the membership of the UN, and for electing and appointing other important roles within the UN, such as the members of the Human Rights Council, the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and (in principle) the UN Secretary-General.

Unlike resolutions of the Security Council, resolutions of the General Assembly are non-binding on states but they can be said to reflect the weight of world opinion. They can also be great motivators for action: adopting shared agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals, making recommendations to states and other UN bodies, commissioning investigations and reports, and establishing conferences, offices and processes.