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M94 23 October 1979


Tomorrow, 24 October, is the thirty-fourth anniversary of the entry into force in San Francisco of the United Nations Charter. The current session of the General Assembly will mark the end of a decade which has produced significant changes in the Organisation from that envisaged in 1943.

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, said today that United Nations Day provided Australians with an opportunity- to renew their commitment to the ideals of the United Nations and its Charter.

The Minister noted that the United Nations was moving into the 1980's with a widely recognised requirement to face new challenges and to accept new responsibilities. He said that it was increasingly accepted that the main international economic problems would require new approaches, and he noted that the

Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly to be held in 1980 would need to draw up the blueprint for the new interĀ­ national development strategy to guide the work of the UN in the economic field over the next ten years.

Mr Peacock said that he shared with others around the world the opinion that the United Nations was becoming more relevant than ever as a forum in which these great issues could be debated and resolved. He said that the Organisation deserved

the support of all Australians as it approached these issues in the year and decade to come.

Mr Peacock said that 1980 would be an important year for international social issues. The World Conference, which will mark the mid-point of the UN Decade for Women, will provide an dpportunity to assess the experience of the last five years

and to set the course until 1985. The Minister observed that, in view of the celebration of 1979 as the UN International Year of the Child, it was especially appropriate that United Nations Day should coincide, as it does this year in Australia, with Universal Children's Day.