The United Nations Development Decade

11 July 1962

The 15th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 8-13 July, 1962 in San Francisco, USA:

The Fifteenth Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at its Fifteenth Triennial Congress, meeting in San Francisco (Asilomar, California), July 8-13, 1962, urges all Sections to press their governments to do everything in their power to implement without delay the UN Development Decade resolution which was passed unanimously by the UN General Assembly in December 1961.  This Resolution designates the current decade as the UN Development Decade, and especially urges the Member States and their peoples to intensify their efforts to mobilize and to sustain support for the measures required on the part of both developed and developing countries to accelerate progress towards self-sustaining growth of the economy and social advancement.

To this end governments are asked to pursue policies designed o enable the less developed countries and those dependent on the export of a small range of primary commodities to sell more of their products at stable and remunerative prices in expanding markets; further, to pursue policies designed to ensure to the developing countries an equitable share of earnings from the extraction and marketing of their natural resources by foreign capital and to adopt measures which will stimulate the flow of private investment capital for the economic development of these countries.

A sustainable economic advance of the developing counties is the indispensable condition for a peaceful and economically healthy world.