The United Nations -------UNITED NATIONS TRUSTEE COUNCIL ------------------------ The Trusteeship Council suspended operation on 1 November 1994, with the independence of Palau, the last remaining United Nations trust territory, on 1 October 1994. By a resolution adopted on 25 May 1994, the Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as occasion required -- by its decision or the decision of its President, or at the request of a majority of its members or the General Assembly or the Security Council. Background In setting up an International Trusteeship System, the Charter establishedthe Trusteeship Council as one of the main organs of the United Nations andassigned to it the task of supervising the administration of TrustTerritories placed under the Trusteeship System. Major goals of the System were to promote the advancement of the inhabitants of Trust Territories andtheir progressive development towards self-government or independence. TheTrusteeship Council is made up of the five permanent members of the SecurityCouncil --China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and UnitedStates. The aims of the Trusteeship System have been fulfilled to such an extent that all Trust Territories have attained self-government or independence, either as separate States or by joining neighbouring independent countries. Functions and powers Under the Charter, the Trusteeship Council is authorized to examine and discuss reports from the Administering Authority on the political, economic,social and educational advancement of the peoples of Trust Territories and,in consultation with the Administering Authority, to examine petitions fromand undertake periodic and other special missions to Trust Territories.