Queen Elizabeth called Friday (11 June) in her Commonwealth Day message for a continued struggle to reduce starvation in the world, particularly among children.
Queen Elizabeth called Friday (11 June) in her Commonwealth Day message for a continued struggle to reduce starvation in the world, particularly among children. The Queen and Prince Philip attended a special service at Westminster Abbey on Friday and later went on to a reception at Marlborough House in London.
SYNOPSIS: The reception is an annual event and the Queen with Prince Philip greeted representatives from many of the Commonwealth's member countries. In her special Commonwealth message, the Queen said that five years ago the number governments had declared they would fight the world's poverty, ignorance and disease. They had not lost sight of this goal, she said, and had invited a group of experts from different countries to study the problem. She said the wide disparities in wealth that exist in the world were too great to be tolerated and also created international tension.
The Queen's warning on the dangers created by the differences in wealth between rich and poor nations were echoed at last month's United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Many representatives at the meeting in Kenya had called for a new international economic order. They said that a lot of similar calls had been made in the past but nothing had been drone to remedy the situation and failure to do so then could lead to major international confrontations. The group decided to most again before the end of March, 1977, to formulate a new and fairer way of distributing the world's wealth.