The first-ever Special Session of the Untied Nations General Assembly ??? ???voted exclusively to World?
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GV INT Assembly seated facing President Benitez and Secretary General Waldheim
SV Waldheim speaks
CUTAWAY Soviet delegation
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SV Delegations from The People's Republic of China and Venezuela (2 shots)
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"The most devastating indictment of our truly great civilisation is the continued existence of stark, pervasive poverty amongst two thirds of the world population. It permeates every phase of life in developing countries; in the malnutrition of children' in the outbreaks of diseases; in widespread unemployment; in low literacy rates in overcrowded cities. How can we renew our determination to eradicate mass poverty? Second, the population of the world. It is anticipated that their special session will meet for three weeks. In that time the number of human beings on this planet will increase by four million. The i???zease in population in the World presents a constantly growing demand on ??? limited natural resources. How can we relieve this pressure? Third, food. Never, in recent decades have food reserves been so frighteningly low. The protection of enough food to feed, even reasonably well, people all over the world, let alone to transport and distribute it, almost certainly represents ???e largest single pressure on our natural resources."
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Background: The first-ever Special Session of the Untied Nations General Assembly ??? ???voted exclusively to World economic problems began on Tuesday ???.
In the opening speech, Secretary General Kurt Waldheim urged the 135 mo???ters of the Untied Nations to act collectively to establish the basis for a more equitable and workable global economic system.
The session had been proposed by President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria to consider the world raw material situation, with special concern for the problems of developing countries and their natural resources. Secretary General Waldheim said global issues such as poverty, food, population, conservation and the just apportionment of natural resources, and the problems of trade and monetary systems demanded immediate action.
The Secretary General said the special session, the sixth in the United Nations' 29-year history, would last about three weeks, and during that time another four million human beings would be born into the World. He said the production, shipping and distribution of food was the largest singer pressure on the world's natural resources.