Vienna, 16 June 1997

In connection with the release of the annual "Human Development Report" by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Progress Organization presented its publication on "Economic Sanctions and Development."

The President of the I.P.O., Dr. Hans Koechler, stated that the proclaimed goal of the UNDP to eradicate "extreme poverty" by the year 2020 is in direct contradiction to the Security Council's policy of economic sanctions. This policy has led to the impoverishment of entire nations such as Iraq that otherwise could play an important role in bilateral and multilateral development programmes. The President of the I.P.O. expressed the hope that the United Nations Organization will develop a coherent policy of economic development followed by all its organs in conformity with the goals proclaimed in the UN Charter.

The new publication of the I.P.O. contains the papers and researches presented at an international panel discussion organized by the NGO Committee on Development at Vienna's United Nations Centre. Contributions deal with "Sanctions and Development: Some Hypotheses" (Ali M. Farfer, Libya), "Embargoes and the Non-Targeted Countries: The Case of Turkey" (Türkkaya Ataöv, Turkey), "The Impact of Economic Sanctions on the Human Rights Situation in Iraq" (Neama Faris, Iraq), "Economic Sanctions and Their Impact on Development: The Case of Cuba" (Alfredo Puig, Cuba).

The publication may be ordered from the office of the I.P.O. (phone +431-5332877, fax +431-533296221).