United Nations Participation Act Law and Legal Definition

United Nations Participation Act of 1945 provides the basic authority for the U.S. participation as a member of the United Nations Organization. The act deals with the process of United States joining the newly created United Nations and related bodies of the United Nations.

According to the act, the president has to apply economic and other sanctions against a target country or its nationals pursuant to mandatory decisions by the United Nations Security Council under Article 41 of the United Nations Charter.

The purpose of the act is to prescribe the domestic, internal arrangements within the U.S. Government for giving effect to the U.S. participation in the United Nations and to set up the machinery whereby the U.S. national authorities can comply with certain of the major international commitments assumed by the U.S. upon its ratification of the U.N. Charter.