The third African Regional Conference of the United Nations Associations (UNAS) opened in Khartoum in the Sudan on Friday (5 September).
GV EXTERIOR Friendship Hall, Khartoum
GV INTERIOR Emblem of Third African Regional Conference
SV ZOOM IN Vice-President Abdel Magid Khalil speaking in Arabic
CU PAN Delegates listening to Khalil speech
GV More delegates in conference room listening to Khalil's speech
SCU Mr Fathi Sheikh, representative of the UN Secretary-General, speaking in English
SHEIKH: "The United Nations today represents a world in transition. A world of opportunities, but also of immense problems and dangers. We live in the most militarised peace time period in history, with military expenditure taking a total of a million dollars a minute. It is easy to imagine the great opportunities which would open up if that colossal resources, new devoted to destructive weapons, were made available to lighten the distress of two-third of humanity. The economic situation of the majority of the world's people is as disquieting as are the political relationships between nation-states. Never has the question of economic co-operation among nations seemed more important in charting a better future for the world."
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Background: The third African Regional Conference of the United Nations Associations (UNAS) opened in Khartoum in the Sudan on Friday (5 September). The opening speeches touched on Afro-Arab solidarity and world economic co-operation. The conference, which will run for four days, is a gathering of delegates working for UN agencies in the region.
SYNOPSIS: The delegates met in the Friendship Hall in Khartoum. They came from many Arab and African countries. Sudan's Vice-President, General Abdel Magid Hamid Khalil, spoke at the opening session of the conference about Afro-Arab solidarity. He criticised South Africa and Israel and accused them of being disgraceful to humanity. The General went on to talk about racial discrimination in South Africa and the plight of the Palestinians in Jerusalem.
Another key speaker, Fathi Sheikh, a representative of the UN Secretary-General, impressed upon the delegates the importance of world economic co-operation.