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1971: UN recognizes People's Republic of China.
1980: WHO declares smallpox eradicated.
1984: U.S. withdraws from UNESCO
1987: Montreal Protocol signed


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1975
African women The first UN conference on women is held in Mexico City.
1975
The UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring Zionism is a form of racism.

Learn more: PBS Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
Read a definition of Zionism.

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Zionism as racism on the agenda of the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism.
1977
Security Council votes Security Council adopts mandatory arms embargo against South Africa for its policy of apartheid, following up on the voluntary arms embargo that passed in 1963.

Learn more: UN UN Photos
A photo essay on apartheid.
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South Africans discuss the effects of apartheid on their daily lives.
1979
Arab girl General Assembly passes the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women.

Learn more: UN UN Division for the Advancement of Women
Read an international bill of rights for women.
1980
WHO declares smallpox eradicated from the planet. Three years after the last reported case of smallpox, the World Health Organization, the specialized agency established in 1948 to promote health for all the world's people, declares the disease eradicated. Polio is next . . .

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The World Health Organizations
1981
refugee camp UNHCR wins its second Nobel Peace Prize -- this time, for assistance to Asian refugees.

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees
1982
Javier Perez de Cuellar Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru starts term as Secretary-General.

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The official UN biography

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