The world's developing nations -- meeting in the northern hill town of Arusha in Tanzania -- claimed on Thursday (15 February) that their lack of progress towards a new fairer, economic order is due to the developed world's lack of political will.
The world's developing nations -- meeting in the northern hill town of Arusha in Tanzania -- claimed on Thursday (15 February) that their lack of progress towards a new fairer, economic order is due to the developed world's lack of political will. A draft declaration issued by the ministerial meeting of the "Group of 77", said that the developed world should adopt a more constructive approach to their problems before the fifth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Manila in May.
SYNOPSIS: The two week meeting in this northern Tanzanian town has shown the group's new impatience with rich states which they now regard as paying only lip service to their objective of a new economic order. The group -- founded in 1964 -- now boasts 117 members from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Many of the nations represented sent not only their delegates, but cultural groups which they regarded as representative of their way of life. The dancers came from three continents and typified the group's long term aim -- the establishment of a new world economic order in which the nations of the Third World will be completely liberated from external domination -- both political and economic.
Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere, the conference' host, repeatedly made the point that poor nations had learned that legal independence did not mean economic freedom. He told the delegates that the countries represented were not the prime movers of their own destiny. The nations present were what he called, dependencies, or semi-colonies at best -- but certainly not sovereign states in the true meaning of the term.
This massive Third World group, representing many millions for poor people, also reflects almost every political shade in the spectrum. President Nyerere pointed out that some nations were avowedly scientific socialist s, some capitalists, some theocratic and some fascists. But, brought together as t hey were here, they made up a powerful political force with which the developed world must now reckon.