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Special Sessions

The United Nations Charter (Chapter IV, article 20) provides for the General Assembly to meet in special sessions:

"The General Assembly shall meet in regular annual sessions and in such special sessions as occasion may require. Special sessions shall be convoked by the Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council or of a majority of the Members of the United Nations."

28th Session (2005)

Commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps

27th Session (2002)

World Summit for Children
  • Date : 8 - 10 May 2002 (previously scheduled for 19 to 21 September 2001)
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/27/24]
  • Report of the Committee of the whole: [A/S-27/19] [A/S-27/19/REV.1]
Official records : Summaries of round tables: [A/S-27/20] [A/S-27/21] [A/S-27/22]

26th Session (2001)

Problem of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in all its aspects
  • Date: 25 - 27 June 2001
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-26/7]
Official records : Summaries of the round tables: [A/S-26/RT.1] [A/S-26/RT.2] [A/S-26/RT.3] [A/S-26/RT.4]

25th Session (2001)

Implementation of the outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II)
  • Date: June 2001
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-25/9]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-25/7]
Official records :

24th Session (2000)

Social Development
  • Date: 26 - 30 June 2000
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-24/10]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-24/8/Rev.1]
Official records :

23rd Session (2000)

Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century
  • Date: 5 - 9 June 2000
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: A/S-23/13 (SUPP) - A/S-23/13]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-23/10/REV.1]
Official records :

22nd Session (1999)

Small Island Developing States
  • Date: 27 - 28 September 1999
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-22/11(SUPP)]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-22/9/Rev.1]
Official records

21st Session (1999)

Population and development
  • Date: 30 June - 2 July 1999
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-21/7]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-21/5]
Official records :

20th Session (1998)

World drug problem
  • Date: 8 - 10 June 1998
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-20/11]
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-20/14]
Official records :

19th Session (1997)

Earth Summit + 5
  • Date: 23 - 27 June 1997
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Whole: [A/S-19/29]
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-19/33]
Official records :

18th Session (1990)

International economic cooperation
  • Date: 23 - 27 April 1990
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-18/15]

17th Session (1990)

Drug abuse
  • Date: 20 - 23 February 1990
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-17/13]

16th Session (1989)

Apartheid
  • Date: 12 - 14 December 1989
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-16/5]

15th Session (1988)

Disarmament
  • Date: 31 May - 25 June 1988
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-15/6]
  • Report of the Committee of the Whole: [A/S-15/50]
  • Special Report of the Disarmament Commission to the General Assembly at its 3rd Special Session Devoted to Disarmament: [A/S-15/3]

14th Session (1986)

Namibia
  • Date: 17 - 20 September 1986
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-14/10]

13th Session (1986)

Africa
  • Date: 27 May - 1 June 1986
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-13/16]

12th Session (1982)

Disarmament
  • Date: 7 June - 10 July 1982
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-12/6]
  • Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the 12th Special Session : [A/S-12/32]

11th Session (1980)

New international economic order
  • Date: 25 August - 15 September 1980
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-11/3]

10th Session (1978)

Disarmament
  • Date: 23 May - 30 June 1978
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-10/4]

9th Session (1978)

Namibia
  • Date: 24 April - 3 May 1978
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-9/13]

8th Session (1978)

Financing of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon
  • Date: 20 - 21 April 1978
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/S-8/10]

7th Session (1975)

Development and international economic cooperation
  • Date: 1 - 16 Septembre 1975
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/10301]

6th Session (1974)

Raw materials and development
  • Date: 9 April - 2 May 1974
  • Requested or convened by: Algeria
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/9559]

5th Session (1967)

South West Africa (Namibia)
  • Date: 21 April - 13 June 1967
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/6657]

4th Session (1963)

Financial situation of the UN
  • Date: 14 May - 27 June 1963
  • Requested or convened by: General Assembly
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/5441]

3rd Session (1961)

Tunisia
  • Date: 21 - 25 August 1961
  • Requested or convened by: 38 Member States
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/4860]

2nd Session (1948)

Palestine
  • Date: 16 April - 14 May 1948
  • Requested convened by: Security Council
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/555]

1st Session (1947)

Palestine
  • Date: 28 April - 15 May 1947
  • Requested or convened by: United Kingdom
  • Resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly: [A/310]
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