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Rules of procedure

Annex III

Resolution 1898 (XVIII) adopted on the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee
on the Improvement of the Methods of Work of the General Assembly (a)

The General Assembly,

Recalling with appreciation the initiative taken by the President of the sixteenth session of the General Assembly in his memorandum of 26 April 1962 on the methods of work of the Assembly, [Official Records of the General Assembly, Seventeenth Session, Annexes, agenda item 86, document A/5123].

Recalling its decision of 30 October 1962 establishing the Ad Hoc Committee on the Improvement of the Methods of Work of the General Assembly and its resolution 1845 (XVII) of 19 December 1962, by which it decided to continue the Committee,

Having considered the report submitted by the Ad Hoc Committee in pursuance of the above-mentioned resolution, [Official Records of the General Assembly, Eighteenth Session, Annexes, agenda item 25, document A/5423]

Conscious of the need to adapt its methods of work to the changed circumstances in the General Assembly, in particular those resulting from the recent increase in the number of Member States,

Concerned however to avoid reducing in any way the possibilities for action available to the General Assembly under the Charter of the United Nations and the rules of procedure of the Assembly,

Convinced that it is in the interests of the Organization and of Member States that the work of the General Assembly should be carried out as efficiently and expeditiously as possible and that, save in quite exceptional cases, the duration of regular sessions should not exceed thirteen weeks,

Takes note of the observations contained in the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Improvement of the Methods of Work of the General Assembly and approves the recommendations submitted by the Committee, in particular those which provide that:

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(a) Adopted by the General Assembly at its 1256th plenary meeting, on 11 November 1963.

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