The Ethiopian delegation leader, Mr. S. Debela told the United Nations Conference on Desertification in?
GV TILT DOWN Kenyatta Conference Centre
SCU INTERIOR Ethiopian delegate S. Debela speaking in English
SV & CU Conference President and Secretary General (2 shots)
SCU Indian delegate M.S. Swaminathan speaking
DEBELA: "The drought-related famines and associated problems that culminated in the death of over 100,000 people and t he destruction of over 80 per cent of the cattle, 50 per cent of the sheep and 30 per cent each of the goats and camels of Ethiopia, cannot be soon forgotten, not only by the people and government of Ethiopia but also the international community at large."
SWIMINATHAN: "This conference is also unique among the world wide conference convened by the United Nations in that it aims to come to the rescue of some of the most under-privileged sections of humanity. If the conference succeeds in its aims, it would have ushered in a new age of humanism which enables the conversion of the explosion of scientific and technical know-how into human welfare. Mahatma Gandhi's dream of anthodaya will then come true. India hence pledges its full cooperation in this objective and will exert maximum efforts to contribute to the implementation of the plan action which would emerge from the deliberations of this conference. Thank you, Mr. President."
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Background: The Ethiopian delegation leader, Mr. S. Debela told the United Nations Conference on Desertification in Nairobi on Thursday (1 September) of the horrors that drought-related famine had brought to his land. He said it had killed 100,000 people in the country. The leader of the Indian delegation, Mr. M.S. Swaminathan, said the conference was unique because it was aimed at helping the most under-privileged people in the world.
SYNOPSIS: The conference has been proceeding in the Kenyatta conference centre. Delegates inside heard grim reminders on drought form Mr. Debela:
The conference president and the Secretary General, Mostafa Kamal Tolba, listening to Indian delegate, Mr. M.S. Swaminathan: