Basic Documents: Declaration on Unido and the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions
Declaration of the Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement on the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) and the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions at the Eleventh Summit Meeting Held in Cartagena De Indias, Colombia, 18-20 October 1995
We, the Heads of State or Government of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries gathered at the Eleventh Summit Meeting of our Movement in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, express serious concern regarding the proposals and suggestions that UNIDO and the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions have served their purpose and should therefore be closed down.
UNIDO plays a crucial role in economic and social transformation and industrialization and development especially of developing countries.
We note that without industrialization, developing countries will not be able to eradicate poverty, provide adequately for the basic needs of their people, generate jobs with rising wage levels, and achieve economic advancement in an integrated and balanced fashion.
The United Nations Regional Economic Commissions play a vital role in decentralizing the United Nations and in enabling developing countries to focus on their problems in a regional context and to link these to global processes.
We, therefore, reaffirm our vital interest in the continued existence of a strong and dynamic UNIDO, as an essential institution of the United Nations system to provide a policy forum, support for institution building and other forms of technical cooperation and assistance in the field of industrialization.
We further reaffirm our vital interest in the continued existence of the United Nations Regional Economic Commissions as critical institutional mechanisms that are responsive to the views and specific needs of the various regions of the Non-Aligned Countries and other developing countries and which provide an important means of ensuring the democratic and pluralist character of the United Nations.