The UN General Assembly responded by passing a resolution on the ‘United Nations Development Decade’ (1710 (XVI)) on 19 December 1961.
Political sovereignty is but a mockery without the means of meeting poverty and illiteracy and disease. Self-determination is but a slogan if the future holds no hope. That is why my Nation, which has freely shared its capital and technology to help others help themselves, now proposes officially designating the decade of the 1960s as the United Nations Decade of Development. Under the framework of that Resolution, the United Nations’ existing efforts in promoting economic growth can be expanded and coordinated. New research, technical assistance and pilot projects can unlock the wealth of less developed lands and untapped waters. And development can become a cooperative and not a competitive enterprise — to enable all nations, however diverse in their systems and beliefs, to become in fact as well as in law free and equal nations. (US, 1961, p. 623)
KeywordsAdvanced Country Develop Land Skilled Personnel Great Willingness Rapid Social Change
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