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|The United Nations in 1970
On October 24, 1970, the United Nations was 25 years old.
New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay presents a
birthday cake to the United Nations. Standing in the
background are Secretary-General U
Thant and Dr. Edvard Hambro, the new
President of the General Assembly, and his wife.
Indonesian President Suharto arrives at the United
Nations with his wife and daughter. Earlier, he had flown
to Washington, D. C., where he met with President
Richard Nixon to discuss U. S. military
actions in Cambodia.
The 25th General Assembly convened on September 15.
Angie Brooks of Liberia, President of the 24th UN
General Assembly, presents a gavel to her succeessor, Dr.
Edvard Hambro of Norway. Dr. Hambro's father had served
as President of the final session of the League of
On October 14, the General Assembly began a ten-day period of speeches and ceremonies in honor of the UN's anniversary.
World Youth Assembly
More than 600 people from over 100 nations, areas, and groups took part in the World Youth Assembly, which was held at the UN headquarters from July 9 to July 17. The Assembly was divided into four commissions to take up the topics of world peace, development, education, and man and environment. Its final act was to approve a message to the General Assembly calling for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Indochina, Israeli troops from occupied Arab territories, and Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia. The message also called for the admission of Communist China and both Germanys to the United Nations, abolition of racial discrimination, abolition of colonialism, abolition of the veto in the Security Council, progress toward general disarmament and against hunger, and recognition of the right of young people to have an active role in the United Nations.
Thant addresses the opening session of the
Assembly. He is flanked by Richard Akwei of Ghana (left),
chairman of the Committee for the Twenty-Fifth
Anniversary of the United Nations, and François Pouliot
of Canada, chairman of the Planning Committee for the
Assembly delegates dance on the UN lawn during a
reception held for them by U Thant. The statue portrays
the Biblical passage "They shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:
nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more."
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