United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1978

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The volume 3 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.



Special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament

The tenth special session of the General Assembly, the first devoted to disarmament, opened on 23 May 1978. After six weeks of intensive deliberations the General Assembly concluded its work on 30 June, adopting by consensus a single final document. Adoption of the document by consensus was considered a significant success, amplified by the fact that the session was by far the largest and most representative gathering in the history of the world Organization convened to consider disarmament issues. All Member States participated in the work of the special session and representatives of 123 States, including 20 heads of State or Government, 51 Ministers for Foreign Affairs and many other high-ranking officials, took part in the general debate and submitted views and ideas covering the whole range of disarmament matters. In addition, high officials of specialized agencies and other institutions within the United Nations system and spokesmen of 25 non-governmental organizations and six disarmament research institutes made a valuable contribution to the work of the special session.


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