Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly

The Tenth Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly was convened for the first time in April 1997, upon a request from the Permanent Representative of Qatar on behalf of the Arab League of States.  The basis for convening the special session was General Assembly Resolution 377 A (V), entitled “Uniting for Peace.”  Resolution 377 A (V)  was adopted in 1950 during the Korean conflict.  It states in relevant part:

“. . . if the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures . . .”

The request by the Qatarian representative claimed that activities by Israel in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria represented a threat to international peace and security.  The special session has been reconvened numerous times since, the latest being in 2018.  The meeting of the special session which resulted in the request for the ICJ advisory opinion on the security barrier took place on 8 Dec 2003.  

Meetings of the special session have taken place on the following dates:

  1.  17 Mar 1998
  2.  5-9 Feb 1999
  3.  18-20 Oct 2000
  4.  20 Dec 2001
  5.  7 May 2002
  6.  5 Aug 2002
  7.  19 Sep 2003
  8.  20-21 Oct 2003
  9.  8 Dec 2003
  10.  16-20 Jul 2004
  11.  17 Nov 2006
  12.  15 Dec 2006
  13.  15-16 Jan 2009
  14.  21 Dec 2017
  15.  13 Jan 2018

Further information regarding each of these meetings is available on the UN website.