The Italian and Tunisian delegates at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Nairobi called for a change in the world economic order on Monday (17 May).
SCU Italian spokesman Francesco Cattanei addressing conference in French.
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SV Mr. Lasram, Tunisian Minister of Economy speaking in French
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Background: The Italian and Tunisian delegates at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Nairobi called for a change in the world economic order on Monday (17 May).
Francesco Cattanei, the Under Secretary of State at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry, and Abdellaziz Lasram, Tunisia's Economy Minister told the conference in the kenyan capital that the international community dip not fully recognise the real problems that face mankind.
Signor Cattanei said a number of things threatened world peace but the most important of these was the appalling living conditions of people in underdevelopment countries.
He warned that if a positive response was not made to demands for better conditions in poorer states then the world did not deserve peace.
In his speech, Mr. Lasram said that there were two bases for any new economic order. One was that any country, large or small, had permanent sovereignty over all its assets and natural resources. The order was the prime importance of international cooperation in the area of development.
However, Mr. Lasram had earlier said that United Nations organisations have no real powers to put their recommendations into effect. But their decisions, he went on, were only majority votes and not representative of world opinions and therefore inoperable.
SYNOPSIS: During Monday's session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in other Kenyan capital Nairobi, Italy's delegate, Francesco Cattanei called for a change in the world's economic order.
He said he believed there were many things that threatened world peace today but one of the most apparent ones was the appalling living conditions of people in undeveloped countries.
He warned that if a positive response was not made to the demands for better conditions in poorer countries the rest of the world-did not deserve peace.
His remarks were echoed by Tunisia's Economy Minister Abdellaziz Lasram.
He said that although the U.N. General Assembly had adopted an international development strategy for the seventies it was an unfortunate fact that UNCTAD and other UN bodies had no real powers to put into effect recommendations and decisions of such a conference.
What was really lacking in the international community, he said, was fearless even revolutionary recognition of the real problems that pre-occupied mankind.
The old economic order, built on the domination of the weak by the strong could no longer exist, he said, and must be replaced by a new one based on two essential rules to make it possible. These must be for each country to retain full sovereignty over its assets and of prime importance, international co-operation favouring development.