The United Nations Conference on Water Resources is continuing in Mar del Plata in Argentina, with nations from around the world giving their view on the common attempt to distribute available water supplies more evenly.
GV INT Dr. Mohamed Amin Saadi, Saudi Arabia Water Minister on rostrum
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Dr. Saadi addressing conference in Arabic
GV U.N. committee seated table
SV Kenyan chief delegate Dr. Gikonya Kiano addressing conference (in English)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Kiano leaves rostrum
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: KIANO: "I hope, when we return, we can give them the good news that this world conference on water has worked out programmes which would enable them to enjoy good, clean water in the very, very near future. And let us keep in our mind that known obstacles, meaning money and manpower, much of our attention should be directed there. I have no doubt, Mr. Chairman, that with determination and political will, this conference will succeed -- this conference, which has been given the responsibility of proper water management, will succeed and give results to all the people who are now watching ???us. I thank you Mr. President."
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Background: The United Nations Conference on Water Resources is continuing in Mar del Plata in Argentina, with nations from around the world giving their view on the common attempt to distribute available water supplies more evenly. In one session, Saudi Arabia stressed the handicaps of developing nations compared to industrialised countries -- while Kenya was optimistic that the conference would succeed in its aims.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Mohamed Amin Saadi, the Saudi Arabian Water Minister, asked the conference delegates to look at world water supplies in relation to their distribution. In this context, he said, it was apparent that the developing countries, particularly those in the arid zones like Saudi Arabia, were far more at the mercy of their water supplies than were many of the industrialised or more developed countries.
But following him, Kenya's chief delegate, Dr. J.G. Kiano, was more optimistic.
The conference was opened earlier with an appeal by Argentina's Jorge Videla, calling for international co-operation to fight what he said was "a looming world water crisis".