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A/RES/40/3


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

24 October 1985

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                                                         A/RES/40/3
                                                         24 October 1985
                                                         49th plenary meeting
 
                         International Year of Peace
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling resolution 37/16 of 16 November 1982, in which it declared 1986
to be the International Year of Peace,
 
     Recognizing that the importance of the International Year of Peace, which
has been linked with the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations, requires
that the Year be devoted to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and
its Member States on the promotion and achievement of the ideals of peace by
all possible means, which constitutes a fundamental purpose of the Charter,
 
     Considering that efforts and activities to achieve positive results in
international co-operation for the promotion of peace must be intensified
during the Year and for ever,
 
     1.   Approves the Proclamation of the International Year of Peace, the
text of which is annexed to the present resolution;
 
     2.   Invites all States, all organizations of the United Nations system
and interested non-governmental organizations, educational, scientific,
cultural and research organizations and the communications media to co-operate
with the Secretary-General in achieving the objectives of the International
Year of Peace;
 
     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to ensure the widest possible
dissemination of this Proclamation.
 
                                    Annex
               PROCLAMATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PEACE
 
     Whereas the General Assembly has decided unanimously to proclaim solemnly
the International Year of Peace on 24 October l985, the fortieth anniversary
of the United Nations,
 
     Whereas the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations provides a unique
opportunity to reaffirm the support for and commitment to the purposes and
principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
 
     Whereas peace constitutes a universal ideal and the promotion of peace is
the primary purpose of the United Nations,
 
     Whereas the promotion of international peace and security requires
continuing and positive action by States and peoples aimed at the prevention
of war, removal of various threats to peace - including the nuclear threat -
respect for the principle of non-use of force, the resolution of conflicts and
peaceful settlement of disputes, confidence-building measures, disarmament,
maintenance of outer space for peaceful uses, development, the promotion and
exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms, decolonization in
accordance with the principle of self-determination, elimination of racial
discrimination and apartheid, the enhancement of the quality of life,
satisfaction of human needs and protection of the environment,
 
     Whereas peoples must live together in peace and practise tolerance, and
it has been recognized that education, information, science and culture can
contribute to that end,
 
     Whereas the International Year of Peace provides a timely impetus for
initiating renewed thought and action for the promotion of peace,
 
     Whereas the International Year of Peace offers an opportunity to
Governments, intergovernmental, non-governmental organizations and others to
express in practical terms the common aspiration of all peoples for peace,
 
     Whereas the International Year of Peace is not only a celebration or
commemoration, but an opportunity to reflect and act creatively and
systematically in fulfilling the purposes of the United Nations,
 
     Now, therefore,
 
     The General Assembly
 
     Solemnly proclaims 1986 to be the International Year of Peace and calls
upon all peoples to join with the United Nations in resolute efforts to
safeguard peace and the future of humanity.