An international conference has begun in Paris, France, nearly two years after it was first proposed, aimed at a fairer sharing of the world's resources.
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Background: An international conference has begun in Paris, France, nearly two years after it was first proposed, aimed at a fairer sharing of the world's resources.
Representatives of rich and poor nations are attending the conference whose official title is the Conference on International Economic Co-operation (CIEC).
The Conference opened on Wednesday (11 February) with the minimum of ceremony when four specialist bargaining commissions held their inaugural meetings at the International Conference Centre, off the Champs Elysees.
The commissions are attempting to resolve the problems is the four areas which create the most friction between industrialised and developing nations ... energy resources, raw materials, development aid and finance.
Each commission is made up of fifteen members, five from the advanced industrialised nations and the rest from oil producing countries and underdeveloped nations.
The commission on energy resources has agreed to a proposal by Iran that priority be given to a detailed analysis of the world energy situation and its likely development over the next ten years.
The commissions meetings are expected to last until the end of this year when a twenty-seven member Ministerial Conference will be organised to adopt the proposals put forward by the commissions.
The French Government official who is organising the administrative side of the negotiations said that as well as the members of the fifteen man commissions more than six hundred officials had participated in the groundwork for the conference.
Nineteen countries are taking part in the conference, including the United States of America, Japan, Australia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Jamaica, Zaire and the European Economic Community.