• Short Summary

    THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD) ENDED ON A NOTE OF DISILLUSIONMENT AND FAILURE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) AFTER TWO MONTHS OF TALKS THE 2,000 DELEGATES FROM 132 NATIONS HAVE BEEN BATTLING OVER PLANS TO NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHY AND POOR NATIONS BUT TOO OFTEN POLITICS HAVE INTRUDED ON ECONOMICS.

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    DELEGATES SEATED IN CONFERENCE; THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE.




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    Background: THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD) ENDED ON A NOTE OF DISILLUSIONMENT AND FAILURE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA, TONIGHT (FRIDAY) AFTER TWO MONTHS OF TALKS THE 2,000 DELEGATES FROM 132 NATIONS HAVE BEEN BATTLING OVER PLANS TO NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN THE WEALTHY AND POOR NATIONS BUT TOO OFTEN POLITICS HAVE INTRUDED ON ECONOMICS.

    THERE WERE MANY WALKOUTS ON POLITICAL GROUNDS, INCLUDING SEVERAL BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF A SOUTH AFRICAN DELEGATE. YESTERDAY, THE CONFERENCE PASSED A RESOLUTION ASKING THE UNITED NATIONS TO SUSPEND SOUTH AFRICA FROM UNCTAD UNTIL IT ENDS ITS APARTHEID POLICIES. EVE THE CONFERENCE PRESIDENT, MR. DINESH SINGH, INDIA'S COMMERCE MINISTER , SPOKE TODAY OF THE CONFERENCE HAVING BEEN MORE OF A 'CONFRONTATION" THAN THE EXERCISE IN CO-OPERATIONS THAT HAD BEEN HOPED FOR.

    HOWEVER, THE MAMMOTH GATHERING -- EXTENDED BY ALMOST A WEEK TO AVERT A THREATENED TOTAL COLLAPSE OF NEGOTIATIONS -- DID AGREE ON A NEW GLOBAL CERT OF THEIR NATIONAL GROSS PRODUCT TO POOR COUNTRIES. IT ALSO OBTAINED PROMISES FROM DEVELOPED COUNTRIES FRO EASIER AID TERMS. PROSPECTS FOR INDUSTRIALISED NATIONS OPENING THEIR MARKETS TO MORE GOODS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, INCREASED FOOD AID AND A NUMBER OF SMALLER ITEMS.

    AMONG THE MOST DISAPPOINTING FAILURES OF THE CONFERENCE WAS THAT IT FAILED TO DRAW UP A GLOBAL STRATEGY FOR DEVELOPMENT THERE WAS GENERAL AGREEMENT THAT A GREAT DEAL HAD BEEN LEFT UNDONE AT THE SECOND UNCTAD -- ON WHICH MILLIONS HAD PLACED THEIR IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3RCNAUAEMVUU0X2H08XA8LD5R
    Media URN:
    VLVA3RCNAUAEMVUU0X2H08XA8LD5R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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