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North-South Relations And The UN

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Initially the United Nations (UN) played no role at all in the reform of North-South relations. These relations may be defined as a conflict between country groups or blocs over form, structure, content and distribution impact of frameworks for economic, financial and cultural transfers between them. The newly independent countries did not possess at first an instrument for the expression of their collective interests, which later took shape in the Movement of the Non-Aligned Countries and the Group of 77 within the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, 1964). From the early 1970s, the traditional international economic order came under strong and rising attack during several UN conferences. In the 90s, the agenda of North-South negotiations within the UN system switched even more to universal or Western issues, whereas demands for structural reforms of the world economy receded to the back stage.

Keywords: international economic order; Non-Aligned Countries; North-South relations; UNCTAD; United Nations (UN)



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