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World Conferences

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World conferences are commonly called those international conferences which are held under the auspices of the United Nations, involving broad participation of the world's states, and concerned with global problems. As a rule such conferences, based on consensus, adopt declarations Resolution, Declaration, Decision) and programmes of action that may constitute preliminary stages of conventions and regimes binding under international law (International Law and the UN). It is mainly for two reasons that a distinction is made between a first and a second generation of world conferences. First, the earlier world conferences were convened under the twofold burden of the Cold War and a confrontational phase of the North-South tensions. Second, the most recent world conferences had grown into mammoth events attended by thousands of participants.

Keywords: international conferences; International Law; North-South tensions; UN; world conferences

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