84th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 3

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07-Dec-1995 00:26:24
General Assembly continues discussion on achieving World Summit's social development goals at 84th meeting.

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While national governments had the primary responsibility for giving meaning to human-centred development, international financial institutions, regional organizations, local authorities and representatives of civil society should assist the governments in achieving that goal, various speakers stated in the General Assembly this afternoon as debate continued on the implementation of the recommendations made at the World Summit for Social Development.

Deliberate measures were required to ensure that civil society was empowered to participate in economic and social decision-making processes, the representative of the United Republic of Tanzania said.

The representative of Benin said that although the Copenhagen Summit had made it clear that development had to be human centred, investment in social development was costly and developing nations required assistance from the international community. In that context, the international financial organizations ought to take into account the social impact of their policies.

The representative of China told the Assembly that the developed countries should undertake greater responsibilities and should increase rather than decrease their assistance to the developing countries for social development on a global scale. All-around social progress should be vigorously pursued, while respecting the national conditions of each country.

The representative of the Philippines, speaking on behalf of the "Group of 77" and China, called for a favourable national and international legal environment to promote social development. He stressed the need for transparency and accountability in international economic and political decision-making.

The representatives of Columbia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Russian Federation, Japan, Zambia, Costa Rica, Andorra, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland also participated in the debate.

The Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. on Friday, 8 December, to continue its debate on the implementation of proposals made at the Social Development Summit. It will also discuss the implementation of the recommendations of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and will consider items on the University for Peace.

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