The term "mandate" may be used in many different ways in the United Nations.
Usually in the UN context, a mandate refers the decision that gives a body authority to carry out its functions.
Some examples are:
Other terms that may be used to refer to such documents are:
In the League of Nations context, "Mandates" refer to the system of international supervision over colonial territories. This guide does not concern this type of mandate.
UN mandates may be found in various types of documents, such as:
Because most mandates have "budgetary implications" (i.e. cost money), budget documents often contain information about mandates.