United Nations Security Council Law and Legal Definition

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations. It aims at maintaining international peace and security. Its powers include conducting peace keeping operations, imposing international sanctions, and the authorization of military action. Its powers are exercised through UNSC resolutions. UNSC consists of fifteen member nations. Chapter V Article 23 to 32 of the UN Charter deals with the provisions relating to the UNSC including its composition, powers, functions and voting procedure.