The Charter of the United Nations

A friend of mine was reproved in the interview because he didn't know how to answer one simple question, and it can be asked to you also:

What is the difference between the Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter?

First of all, if you don't know, take a look of the description of the United Nations Charter:

"The Charter of the United Nations is the foundational treaty of the intergovernmental organization; the United Nations. It was signed at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco, United States, on 26 June 1945, by 50 of the 51 original member countries." (U.N.)

Difficult words, to memorize. But in simpler words, it is the official document United Nations bases its decisions on.

In relation to a peacekeeping operation. The Chapter 6 and the Chapter 7 are the most important ones. And you should read, and completely understand them. This material is usually made available by the Member States (countries) during their pre-deployment course. But some police officers just don't pay attention to it.

To summarize it for you, the Chapter 6 is more "light". It recommends negotiation, inquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means to solve a conflict.

The Chapter 7 is "heavy". It authorize United Nations to intervene (in different levels) in a conflict to help the involved parties to achieve peace. In relation to Police, it could mean that the Mission has an "Executive Mandate", and so the UN Police can act (investigate, arrest, control demonstrations, etc) to help U.N. to fulfill its mandate. This is for example, what happened in Bosnia and now it is happening in Haiti.

So, by my experience, I strongly recommend you to read the United Nations Charter, paying special attention to Chapters 6 and 7.

It can be downloaded in the Link bellow, from Amazon (so you can read it in your phone or Kindle, for example)

Alternatively, you can have a printed out copy to study.

I wish all SAAT candidates the best of luck, and should you have any question please send it to, we will be appreciate to help you!


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