The Right to Exploit Freely Natural Wealth
6 August 1953
The 12th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 4-8 August, 1953 in Paris, France:
The XII International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meeting in Paris, August 4-8th, 1953,
Notes with great interest the “Resolution on the Right to Exploit Freely Natural Wealth and Resources” adopted by the Seventh General Assembly of the United Nations on December 21, 1952.
This Congress reminds Governments of the fact that the peoples of the world take the provisions of the Charter and the decisions of the United Nations literally and very seriously, and also attach to this Resolution the expectation that its principles of justice and sovereignty will soon be translated into concrete and practical action at a time, when the peoples on Continents called under-developed but in fact under-privileged while striving very hard to achieve their political independence find themselves largely handicapped in their struggle for economic self-determination and independence.
In pleading for he rights of the peoples in question the XIIth Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom does not only plead for them and their own rights. The dangerous discrepancy now developing between their political emancipation on the one hand and their economic dependence on the other hand creates constant serious tension and must eventually lead to major conflict and war.