The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) -- which opened in Manila on Monday (7 May) -- has already produced a clear rift between rich and poor countries.
LV INTERIOR President and Mrs Marcos taking seats in conference hall in Manila
SV PAN delegates in conference hall
Mrs. Marcos speaking in English
GV delegates applauding
President Marcos speaking at conference in English (three shots)
LS Delegates applauding at end of President's speech
MRS MARCOS: "UNCTAD is for people,for human beings. It is for the people of all our countries, but more urgently for the developing and disadvantaged. It is for the farmers toiling in the sun, who must be given a fair and equitable reward for their labour. It is the women in mills and factories, whose products must not be shut out of the market-place. But most of all it is for the children, whose name is tomorrow".
PRESIDENT MARCOS: "This is the fifth conference, and the first four conferences leave a record which somehow makes it difficult for us to escape the conclusion that we are not moving anywhere after twenty years. The less developed nations in their predicament are moving from bad to worse,and if there are any marginal advances by the other developed countries this is due to their resolute, individual efforts against the handicaps imposed by an antiquated and most mostly irrelevant and unworkable economic system. And now almost everyone must face the common difficulty of a resurgence of protectionism".
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Background: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) -- which opened in Manila on Monday (7 May) -- has already produced a clear rift between rich and poor countries. It is clear from speeches so far that while European nations believe progress has been made on trade regulations to help developing countries, the Third World feels disappointed and let down. Such developed countries as Australia and New Zealand have even joined the Third World nations in the fight over protectionism.
SYNOPSIS: The month long conference was opened by the Philippines President, Ferdinand Marcos, who was accompanied by his wife, Imelda Marcos. She officially welcomed the delegates.
President Marcos made a strong address.