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A/RES/44/23


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

17 November 1989

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                                                       A/RES/44/23
                                                       60th plenary meeting
                                                       17 November 1989
 
                United Nations Decade of International Law
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recognizing that one of the purposes of the United Nations is to maintain
international peace and security, and to that end to bring about by peaceful
means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law,
adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might
lead to a breach of the peace,
 
     Recalling the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning
Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations and the Manila Declaration on the Peaceful
Settlement of International Disputes,
 
     Recognizing the role of the United Nations in promoting greater
acceptance of and respect for the principles of international law and in
encouraging the progressive development of international law and its
codification,
 
     Convinced of the need to strengthen the rule of law in international
relations,
 
     Stressing the need to promote the teaching, study, dissemination and
wider appreciation of international law,
 
     Noting that, in the remaining decade of the twentieth century, important
anniversaries will be celebrated that are related to the adoption of
international legal documents, such as the centenary of the first
International Peace Conference, held at The Hague in 1899, which adopted the
Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes and created
the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of
the Charter of the United Nations and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the
adoption of the Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning
Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations,
 
     1.   Declares the period 1990-1999 as the United Nations Decade of
International Law;
 
     2.   Considers that the main purposes of the Decade should be, inter
alia:
 
     (a)  To promote acceptance of and respect for the principles of
international law;
 
     (b)  To promote means and methods for the peaceful settlement of disputes
between States, including resort to and full respect for the International
Court of Justice;
 
     (c)  To encourage the progressive development of international law and
its codification;
 
     (d)  To encourage the teaching, study, dissemination and wider
appreciation of international law;
 
     3.   Requests the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States
and appropriate international bodies, as well as of non-governmental
organizations working in the field, on the programme for the Decade and on
appropriate action to be taken during the Decade, including the possibility of
holding a third international peace conference or other suitable international
conference at the end of the Decade, and to submit a report thereon to the
Assembly at its forty-fifth session;
 
     4.   Decides to consider this question at its forty-fifth session in a
working group of the Sixth Committee with a view to preparing generally
acceptable recommendations for the Decade;
 
     5.   Also decides to include in the provisional agenda of its forty-fifth
session the item entitled "United Nations Decade of International Law".