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Interview in English

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Interview in Farsi and French

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The structure of the world economy has changed considerably since the Bretton Woods Conference [in 1944]. Today, the developing countries and economies in transition account for half of the world’s output. Yet these changes are not reflected in the decision-making structure of the financial institutions. The governance and legitimacy of their decisions have become questionable.

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Today, the resources available to take poorer countries out of misery are more abundant than ever before. However, history shows that these resources have been more for the benefit of developed countries that managed to take advantage of the social and economic liberalization process.  Timor-Leste is striving to put an end to this logic. We wish to lead a movement to promote measures which allow countries such as ours to escape from the vicious spiral of international aid and to become truly productive.

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Interview in English

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Most of you have probably never heard of Micronesia. We are however a thriving democracy, and proud of it… But we cannot do much in the long term if we cannot survive as a nation. We are threatened with sea-level rise as a result of climate change. We call upon all fellow parliaments around the world to help build up an international legal regime to deal with that challenge which threatens our existence.

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Cambodia has been strictly adhering to the principle of strengthening accountability, democracy, pluralism, and respect for human rights which are the necessary elements for the sustainable development of the country… The important roles of opposition parties, representatives of ethnic minorities, and civil society are a needful part of democracy for the purpose of national construction.

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