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Dear friends,
On January 11, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held a special meeting in New York to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the very first UNGA meeting in London.

UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that the body has truly become the “Parliament for all people.... Each delegate who speaks, each vote that is cast, every gavel that opens a new meeting adds a little more hope to the world."
Each delegate who speaks, each vote that is cast, every gavel that opens a new meeting adds a little more hope to the world. - See more at: http://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2016/01/12/secretary-generals-remarks-at-commemoration-of-70th-anniversary-of-first-un-general-assembly-meeting/#sthash.59ZIq7aC.dpuf
Each delegate who speaks, each vote that is cast, every gavel that opens a new meeting adds a little more hope to the world. - See more at: http://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2016/01/12/secretary-generals-remarks-at-commemoration-of-70th-anniversary-of-first-un-general-assembly-meeting/#sthash.59ZIq7aC.dpuf


UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, said that following a horrific period of war, destruction, genocide and nuclear bombings, nations of the world deliberately decided to come together to establish the UN."Today, with 193 members representing 99.5 percent of the world's population, the General Assembly has become the single most representative, deliberative body in the world."
US Ambassador Samantha Power speaking at the UN 70th anniversary session.
UN Photo/Manuel Ellias
US Ambassador Samantha Power reminded delegates that the first issue addressed by the UNGA was on the threat of nuclear weapons. "On January 24, after weeks of debating, the General Assembly adopted its very first resolution... to seek a path toward the elimination from national arsenals of atomic weapons and all other weapons adaptable to mass destruction." 

UNFOLD ZERO has been promoting the commemoration of this first UN resolution as a good time to take action for nuclear abolition. See Time to Implement UN Resolution 1(1).

For more on the UNGA 70th anniversary session see UN General Assembly 'Parliament for all People' celebrates 70th anniversary (UN News Centre).

Yours sincerely
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