chapter  2
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Peace and security, socio-economic progress, and human rights

The inseparable roles of the Security Council, the General Assembly and the ECOSOC

This chapter explores the legal bases and the evolving relationship between the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures Mechanism. It reveals the extent to which human rights and economic and social development have impacted upon in the Security Council's efforts to maintain international peace and security. The chapter explores the role of the Peacebuilding Commission, as a sub-organ of the Security Council and the General Assembly. It shows that increased dialogue facilitates the broad approach to peace and security provided for in the Charter, which itself was a response to the mass civilian suffering of WWII. The ensuing elaboration of economic and social rights contributes to the understanding of what States must do to realise effectively those rights that facilitate economic and social progress, which is a necessary component of peace and security.