INTRODUCTION: A group of 77 developing countries represented at the United Nations Water Conference in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, has formed a permanent working body to formulate demands for financial aid from industrial states to develop Third World water supplies.
GV INTERIOR Nigerian Commissioner for Water Resources Alhaji Ibrahim el Yakub speaking in english
GV ZOOM INTO CU Yugoslavian President of the Federal Agricultural Committee Yvo Kistvak speaking in Serbo-Croat
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: ALHAJI IBRAHIM EL YAKUB: "I must emphasise that Nigeria support the view that one of the most pressing needs of the developing countries is the development of their water resources. Nigeria strongly recommends that the United Nations sets up a fund specifically for the development of water resources. This fund could be a percentage of the United Nations annual receipts. Nigeria strongly recommends that before this conference adjourns, necessary servicing, effective and efficient institutional set-up, to implement the resolutions of this conference in respect of development projects, be set up. Our peoples around the world rightly expect results from us. Nothing less than this will make this conference profitable and fruitful as it should be. Allow me to end Mr. President by saying that this conference should have failed if we merely end by defining problems and making platitudes. We must decide on a positive programme of action. Thank you Mr President."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The proposal from the 77 countries, apart from calling for the creation of a fund, also suggests the establishment of a centre for water resources development within the United Nations. It also calls for the next ten years to be designated "The decade for water development". Many delegates from industrial countries represented at the conference have already dismissed such a plan, saying that it would increase bureaucracy and overlap existing international aid organisations.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A group of 77 developing countries represented at the United Nations Water Conference in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, has formed a permanent working body to formulate demands for financial aid from industrial states to develop Third World water supplies. The permanent committee is made up by delegates from 13 countries, including Yugoslavia and Nigeria. The Nigerian Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim el Yakub, told the conference on Monday (21 March) that the United Nations should set up a fund for water resources development in rural areas of developing countries.
SYNOPSIS: Many speakers at the conference expressed Concern at the pressure on water supplies from growing populations, agriculture and industry, as the world's water supplies dwindled. The President of the Federal Agricultural Committee of Yugoslavia, Yvo Kistvak, told the conference that a catastrophic world water crisis can already be envisaged. Coordinated efforts to prevent it are imperative and the United Nations have both the position and the competence to deal with the problem, he said.