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History of the United Nations

1971 - 1980

Date Milestones
25 October 1971
Reprsentatives of the People's Republic of China at the General Assembly
The General Assembly votes to seat representatives of the People's Republic of China.
22 December 1971
Kurt Waldheim
The General Assembly nominates Kurt Waldheim as Secretary General of the United Nations.
June 1972
Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the UN Environment Conference, Kurt Waldheim, UN Secretary-General and Ingemund Bengtsson, Conference President.
The first UN Environment Conference is held in Stockholm, Sweden, leading to the establishment of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), headquartered in Nairobi.
13 November 1974
Podium of the General Assembly Hall
The General Assembly recognizes the Palestine Liberation Organization as "the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".
June - July 1975
Patricia Hutar, Representative of the United States
International Women's Year is marked by the first World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City.
4 November 1977
The Security Council adopts mandatory arms embargo against South Africa.
May - June 1978
The Yemeni delegation to the UN
The General Assembly convenes, for the first time, a special session on disarmament.
18 December 1979
The General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, covering political, economic, social, cultural and civic values.
8 May 1980
A child gets vaccinated.
Three years after the last case was reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declares smallpox eradicated.

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