During the early years of the UN, development emerged through provision of technical assistance and the work of the Specialized Agencies. As more member states joined the UN from around the globe, they brought new perspectives about development to discussions at the UN.
In 1958, the General Assembly established the Special Fund, a predecessor of the UN Development Fund (A/RES/1219 (XII)). The resolution says, in part:
"The General Assembly, In conformity with the determination of the United Nations, as expressed in its Charter, to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, and for these ends, to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples... [decides to establish a] Special Fund which would provide systematic and sustained assistance in fields essential to the integrated technical, economic and social development of the less developed countries".
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