United Nations General Assembly

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United Nations General Assembly

One of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the only one in which all member nations have equal representationadd

Category: Politics

Founded in 1945.

Countries: (30%), United States (18%), India (4%)

Main connections: United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan

Linked to: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 377, International Court of Justice, United Nations Human Rights Council, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

 

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1946

Fernand Dehousse - Belgian representative to the United Nations General Assembly from 1946 to 1948 and from 1951 to 1952, Dehousse was a member of the Economic and Social Council in 1946-1947 and 1950, co-opted as Socialist Senator in 1950, and President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 1956 to 1959

 

Andrew W. Cordier - From 1946 to 1961, Cordier served as Undersecretary in Charge of General Assembly and Related Affairs and took on assignments as a special representative of the Secretary General in the Korean War and the Suez Canal and Congo crises

 

John Foster Dulles - He subsequently attended the United Nations General Assembly as a United States delegate in 1946, 1947 and 1950

 

Willard Thorp - He was Assistant Secretary of State under Truman for Economic Affairs 1946–1952; A Member of the U.S. delegation serving as special adviser on economic matters at the Paris Peace Conference of 1946; special adviser on economic matters at the New York meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in 1946; and American representative to the United Nations General Assembly, 1947–48

 

United Nations - The first meetings of the General Assembly, with 51 nations represented, and the Security Council, took place in Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London beginning 6 January 1946

 

The first session was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall in London and included representatives of 51 nations add something

 

Trygve Lie - On 1 February 1946, he was elected as the first Secretary General of the United Nations as a result of a compromise between the major powers, having missed to be elected President of the first General Assembly by only a small margin

 

UNICEF - UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II


1947

At the first Special Session of the UN General Assembly held in 1947, Osvaldo Aranha, president of the Special Session, began a tradition that has remained until today whereby the first speaker at this major international forum is always a Brazilian add something

 

Hector McNeil - Through his position at the Foreign Office, he was vice-president of the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 and leader of the British delegation to the Economic Commission for Europe, 1948


1948

International Bill of Human Rights - In 1948, General Assembly planned the bill to include UDHR, one Covenant and measures of implementation

 

United Nations - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, though not legally binding, was adopted by the General Assembly in 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all

 

Genocide Convention - The "'Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide"' was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948 as "'General Assembly Resolution 260"'

 

Torture - On 10 December 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


1949

Justin Simonds - In 1949, he was a special adviser and attended part of the United Nations General Assembly, held at Lake Success, New York


1950

Priscilla Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir - She was a delegate to the Council of Europe from 1950–1953, a UK Delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1960–1961; Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1962–1964; Minister of State at the Scottish Office from 1970–1972 and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1972–1974

 

Trygve Lie - On 1 November 1950, over objections from the Soviet Union, the UN General Assembly voted by 46 votes to 5 to extend Lie's term of office


1951

John Martin Vorys - He served as delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1951, and as Regent of the Smithsonian Institution 1949-1959, before resuming the practice of law


1952

Charles A. Sprague - In 1952, Truman appointed Sprague as an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly


1953

International Atomic Energy Agency - In 1953, the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, proposed the creation of an international body to both regulate and promote the peaceful use of atomic power , in his Atoms for Peace address to the UN General Assembly


1954

Percy Clarey - In 1954 Clarey was sent to New York as Australia's delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and visited China in 1957

 

Said Mohamed Cheikh - In 1954, he was the French diplomatic representative at the United Nations General Assembly

 

Rocheforte Lafayette Weeks - Weeks was the Secretary of Liberian Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 and 1955


1956

United Nations Industrial Development Organization - These studies culminated in a programme of work on industrialization and productivity prepared by the United Nations Secretary-General in 1956 and endorsed the next year by ECOSOC and the General Assembly


1957

Elizabeth II - In 1957, she made a state visit on behalf of the Commonwealth to the United States, where she addressed the United Nations General Assembly.


1960

Josip Broz Tito - In fall of 1960 Tito met President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the United Nations General Assembly meeting

 

United Nations - The General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples in 1960 with no votes against but abstentions from all major colonial powers

 

Malcolm X - In September 1960, Fidel Castro arrived in New York to attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

Angelo Litrico - This included the shoes that would become famous by being slammed on the table at the United Nations General Assembly in October 1960


1962

Patrick Wall - He was UK delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1962, Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence 1965-1977, Chairman of the British-South Africa Parliamentary Group 1970-1987, on the British-Portuguese Parliamentary Group 1979-1987, and leader of the British delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly 1979-1987, of which he was President, 1983-1985


1963

John Gunther Dean - In 1963 Mr. Dean was an adviser to the U.S. delegation to the 18th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and during 1964-1965 he was an international relations officer in the NATO section of the Department of State


1965

Hadassa Ben-Itto - In 1965 and 1975 she was a member of Israel's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, holding the temporary rank of ambassador


1966

United Nations Industrial Development Organization - Subsequently, the United Nations General Assembly created the UNIDO in November 1966 as a special organ of the United Nations

 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - The "'International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights"' is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 23 March 1976

 

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - The "'International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights"' is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966, and in force from 3 January 1976


1970

Until the late 1970s, the First Committee was the Political and Security Committee and there was a sufficient number of additional "political" matters that an additional, unnumbered main committee, called the Special Political Committee, sat add something


1971

Alan Shepard - He was appointed by President Nixon in July 1971 as a delegate to the 26th United Nations General Assembly, serving from September to December 1971


1972

SWAPO - In 1972 the United Nations General Assembly recognised SWAPO as the 'sole legitimate representative' of Namibia's people


1973

Crime of apartheid - In 1973, the General Assembly of the United Nations agreed on the text of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid

 

Crime of apartheid - On November 30, 1973, the United Nations General Assembly opened for signature and ratification the "'International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid"'


1974

Lazar Mojsov - From 1974 to 1982, Mojsov was deputy foreign minister of Yugoslavia, and, from 1977 to 1978, he was the president of the United Nations General Assembly


1975

United Nations Industrial Development Organization - In the context of the General Assembly's adoption of the "Declaration and Programme of Action on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order and of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States", UNIDO's second General Conference, held in 1975 in Lima, Peru, adopted the "Lima Declaration on Industrial Development and Cooperation"

 

Miriam Makeba - She addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the second time in 1975


1976

Charles Lapointe - He served as Canadian delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1976, and parliamentary secretary to the Transport minister from 1977 to 1979


1977

Edgar Chamorro - In 1977, Anastasio Somoza Debayle appointed him to a figurehead post as a special ambassador to the United Nations General Assembly for a year

 

Muhammad Jamiruddin Sarkar - In 1977, Mr. Sarkar was selected by President Ziaur Rahman as a member of the Bangladesh Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly

 

Ludvik Josepsson - Jósepsson was a member of the People's Alliance and the party's chairman between 1977-1980, Minister of Fisheries and Minister of Commerce between 1956-1958 and 1971-1974 and a member of the United Nations General Assembly in 1969


1979

Muhammad Hamidullah Khan - He was the 36th Bangladesh Representative in 1979-80 to the United Nations General Assembly and plenary session on UN Resolutions 242 and 439 on the question of Palestine and Namibia respectively

 

Rod Stewart - Stewart donated his royalties from the song to UNICEF, and he performed it with his band at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in 1979

 

ABBA - On 9 January 1979, the group performed "Chiquitita" at the Music for UNICEF Concert held at the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate UNICEF's Year of the Child


1982

United Nations Industrial Development Organization - In order to ensure that the new organization would start up with a membership including substantially all significant States, the General Assembly, by resolutions adopted in 1982 and 1984, called for a series of formal consultations among prospective Member States, which eventually led to a general agreement that the new UNIDO Constitution should enter into force


1984

United Nations Convention against Torture - The text of the Convention was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1984 and, following ratification by the 20th state party, it came into force on 26 June 1987


1986

The planning, programming, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation cycle of the United Nations has evolved over the years; major resolutions on the process include General Assembly resolutions: 41/213 of 19 December 1986, 42/211 of 21 December 1987, and 45/248 of 21 December 1990 add something


1988

United Nations - Gold specifically mentions Yasser Arafat's 1988 invitation to address the General Assembly as a low point in the UN's history

 

Nancy Reagan - In 1988, she became the first First Lady invited to address the United Nations General Assembly, where she spoke on international drug interdiction and trafficking laws

 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - The "'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"' is a scientific intergovernmental body, It was first established in 1988 by two United Nations organizations, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme , and later endorsed by the United Nations_General_Assembly through Resolution 43/53


1990

With the decreasing number of such matters to be addressed as the trust territories attained independence and the decolonization movement progressed, the functions of the Special Political Committee were merged into the Fourth Committee during the 1990s add something


1991

Jan Eliasson - In 1991, Eliasson was chairman of the U.N. General Assembly's working group on emergency relief and Vice President of the U.N. Economic and Social Council from 1991 to 1992


1992

Gloria Estefan - In 1992, she served as a public member of the United States Delegation to the 47th Session of the United Nations' General Assembly Opening Plenary


1994

United Nations - In 1994, the Office of Internal Oversight Services was established by the General Assembly to serve as an efficiency watchdog


1995

Diogo de Freitas do Amaral - He was President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1995 and until 1996

 

Mayotte - The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a series of resolutions on the issues, whose tenor can be gauged from their title: "Question of the Comorian Island of Mayotte" up to 1995

 

A special session was held on October 1995 at the head of government level to commemorate the UN's 50th anniversary add something


1996

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty - The Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996


1997

Anwarul Karim Chowdhury - Mr. Chowdhury chaired the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1997-1998


1998

Arun Jaitley - He was a delegate on behalf of the Government of India to the United Nations General Assembly Session in June 1998 where the Declaration on Law relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved

 

Arun Jaitley - Jaitley was a delegate on behalf of the Government of India to the United Nations General Assembly Session in June 1998 where the Declaration on Laws Relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved


2000

Another special session was held in September 2000 to celebrate the millennium; it put forward the Millennium Development Goals add something


2001

Ban Ki-moon - In 2001, during the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Republic of Korea held the rotating presidency, and to Ban's surprise, he was selected to be the chief of staff to general assembly president Han Seung-soo


2002

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser - During his office at the United Nations, Al-Nasser has served as chairman of the delegation of Group of 77 and China, Vice-President of the General Assembly in 2002, and President of the Security Council in December 2006

 

Patti Smith - Smith was a speaker and singer at the first protests against the Iraq War organized by Lou Posner of Voter March on September 12, 2002, as U.S. President George W. Bush spoke to the United Nations General Assembly

 

Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture - The OPCAT was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 18 December 2002, and it entered into force on 22 June 2006


2003

Arms Trade Treaty - Later put forward in 2003 by a group of Nobel Peace Laureates, the ATT was first addressed in the UN in December 2006 when the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 61/89 Towards an Arms Trade Treaty: establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms

 

Traffic collision - The first United Nations General Assembly resolution and debate was in 2003 The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was declared in 2005


2005

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - In a visit to group of Ayatollahs in Qom after returning from his 2005 speech to the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad stated he had "felt a halo over his head" during his speech and that a hidden presence had mesmerized the unblinking audience of foreign leaders, foreign ministers, and ambassadors

 

On 21 March 2005, Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented a report, "In Larger Freedom", that criticized the General Assembly for focusing so much on consensus that it was passing watered-down resolutions reflecting "the lowest common denominator of widely different opinions add something

 

Kofi Annan - After years of research, Annan presented a progress report, "In Larger Freedom", to the UN General Assembly, on 21 March 2005

 

Kemal Dervis - On 5 May 2005, the United Nations General Assembly, representing 191 countries, unanimously confirmed Kemal Dervi? as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

 

A further special session was held in September 2005 to commemorate the UN's 60th anniversary; it assessed progress on the Millennium Development Goals, and discussed Kofi Annan's "In Larger Freedom" proposals add something

 

The reform proposals were not taken up by the United Nations World Summit in September 2005 add something


2006

Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen - In 2006 he was a youth delegate to the United Nations General Assembly

 

The newest council is the United Nations Human Rights Council, which replaced the aforementioned UNCHR in March 2006 add something

 

Kofi Annan - On 7 March 2006, he presented to the General Assembly his proposals for a fundamental overhaul of the United Nations Secretariat

 

Kofi Annan - On 30 March 2006, he presented to the General Assembly his analysis and recommendations for updating the entire work programme of the United Nations Secretariat over the last 60 years

 

Hamid Karzai - In September 2006, Karzai told the United Nations General Assembly that Afghanistan has become the "worst victim" of terrorism

 

Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa - Haya was the President of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly which began on September 12, 2006, and closed on September 17, 2007

 

Ban Ki-moon - On 11 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly and officially succeeded Annan on 1 January 2007


2007

Inge Ryan - He was a delegate to the Nordic Council, and from 2007 a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly

 

Mahatma Gandhi - In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Gandhi's birthday 2 October as "the International Day of Non-Violence

 

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Gandhi's birthday 2 October as "the International Day of Non-Violence

 

United Nations - The rights of some 370 million indigenous peoples around the world are a focus for the UN, with a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples being approved by the General Assembly in 2007

 

Ban Ki-moon - On 1 March 2007 in a speech before the UN General Assembly, Ban emphasized his concerns about global warming

 

Campaign Against Nuclear Energy - He managed to bring about a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly in October 2007 on nuclear weapons operating status


2008

Navi Pillay - At a special meeting on 28 July 2008, the UN General Assembly confirmed the nomination by consensus

 

Serzh Sargsyan - Sargsyan made his first address in front of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2008


2009

Gareth Evans (politician) - He has made innumerable speeches and presentations on the issue, including in July 2009 participating at the United Nations General Assembly in an interactive dialogue with Noam Chomsky

 

Yahya Jammeh - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addressed the 2009 United Nations General Assembly at New York on 24 September 2009

 

Evo Morales - In October 2009, Morales was named "World Hero of Mother Earth" by the General Assembly of the United Nations

 

Nelson Mandela - In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that Mandela's birthday, 18 July, is to be known as "Mandela Day" to mark his contribution to world freedom.


2010

Mark Zuckerberg - On May 19, 2010, Facebook's website was temporarily blocked in Pakistan until Facebook removed the contest from its website at the end of May. Sidiqque asked its UN representative to raise the issue with the United Nations General Assembly

 

Yogyakarta Principles - On July 2010, Vernor Muñoz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, presented to the United Nations General Assembly an interim report on the human right to comprehensive sexual education, in which he cited the Yogyakarta Principles as a Human Rights standard


2011

Ban Ki-moon - On 17 June 2011, he received the recommendation of the Security Council by a unanimous vote, and, on 21 June, his nomination was confirmed by a unanimous acclamation vote at the United Nations General Assembly

 

Ban Ki-moon - On 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and therefore will continue to serve until 31 December 2016

 

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser - In June 2011 he was elected to serve as President of the General Assembly for its 66th session, beginning 13 September 2011

 

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser - He was the President of the Sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly from 14 September 2011 to 18 September 2012


2012

Ron Prosor - On June 8, 2012 Ambassador Prosor was elected as a Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly

 

The General Assembly votes in elections for the ten non-permanent members of the &United_Nations_Security_Council; the most recent such election was in October 2012 add something

 

International Criminal Court - On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer "state"


2013

Arms Trade Treaty - The UN General Assembly of 2 April 2013 adopted the Arms Trade Treaty as a resolution by a 154-to-3 vote with 23 abstentions

 

Gordon Darcy Lilo - Lilo's government introduced the motion which led to the United Nations General Assembly re-inscribing French Polynesia on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories in May 2013

 

Jose Mujica - In September 2013, Mujica addressed the United Nations General Assembly, with a very long discourse devoted to humanity and globalization

 

Mother Teresa - Beginning 5 September 2013, the anniversary of her death has been designated as the International Day of Charity by the United Nations General Assembly

 

The General Assembly votes in elections for the ten non-permanent members of the &United_Nations_Security_Council; the most recent such election was on 6 December 2013 add something


2015

The seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on 15 September 2015 add something


2016

War on Drugs - A further special session will be held in 2016 this time on the discussion of the War on Drugs and proposals to reconsider international drug treaties like the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs as well as how to deal with drug treatment, rehabilitation etc add something

 

The General Assembly votes in elections for the ten non-permanent members of the &United_Nations_Security_Council; the most recent such election was on 28 June 2016 add something


2017

The General Assembly votes in elections for the ten non-permanent members of the &United_Nations_Security_Council; the most recent such election was on 2 June 2017 add something