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Distr: General
16 December 1969
Original: English

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Twenty-fourth session
Agenda item 103

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly

2606 (XXIV). The strengthening of international security

The General Assembly,

Having in mind its responsibilities in the matter of international peace and security under Articles 11 and 12 of the Charter of the United Nations,

Recalling that primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security is conferred by the Charter on the Security Council and that Article 28, paragraph 2, of the Charter envisages the possibility of convening periodic meetings of the Council in the exercise of that responsibility,

Believing that international security is dependent upon the development of a world legal order based on justice and the strict observance by all States without exception of the principles of the United Nations,

Having considered the item entitled "The strengthening of international security", included in the agenda of the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly as an important and urgent matter,

Noting that the constructive and extended debate on this item has emphasized the great importance which Member States attach to the strengthening of international security,

Deeply concerned at the continuance of the arms race, which diverts substantial human and material resources from the urgent social and economic needs of the vast majority of mankind and in itself constitutes a continuing threat to peace and security,

Desiring that the twenty-fifth year of the Organization's existence should be marked by new initiatives to promote peace, security, disarmament and economic and social progress for all mankind,

Convinced of the urgent need to make the United Nations more effective as an instrument for maintaining international peace and security,

Recognizing that recommendations regarding the primary purpose of the United Nations must reflect the interests of the international community as a whole,

1.Believes that, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, the General Assembly should consider appropriate recommendations on the strengthening of international security;

2.Invites Member States to study the proposals and statements made during the consideration of the item entitled "The strengthening of international security";

3.Requests Member States to inform the Secretary-General of their views and proposals on this subject not later than 1 May 1970 and also of any measures they take for the purpose of strengthening international security;

4.Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its twenty-fifth session an item entitled "Consideration of measures for the strengthening of international security";

5.Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its twenty-fifth session concerning the communications he has received pursuant to paragraph 3 above.

1836th plenary meeting
16 December 1969