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North–South Summit
International Meeting on Cooperation and Development
""Heads of State Cancun Summit 1981.jpg
Participants at the Cancun Sheraton Hotel Beach.
Host country "Mexico
Date 22–23 October 1981
Venue(s) Cancun Sheraton Hotel
Cities "Cancun
Participants 22 countries
Chair "Mexico "José López Portillo

The North–South Summit, officially the International Meeting on Cooperation and Development,[1] was an international "summit held in "Cancun, "Mexico from 22 to 23 October 1981. The summit was attended by representatives of 22 countries from 5 continents. It is the only "north-south summit conference in history.[2]



The summit was attended by 22 countries from 5 continents. The "Soviet Union chose not to attend the summit. "Cuba was excluded at the request of the United States.[3]

Country Representative Title
 "United Nations "Kurt Waldheim "Secretary-General
 "Algeria "Chadli Bendjedid "President
 "Austria "Willibald Pahr "Minister of Foreign Affairs
 "Bangladesh "Abdus Sattar "President
 "Brazil "Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro "Minister of External Relations
 "Canada "Pierre Trudeau "Prime Minister
 "China "Zhao Ziyang "Premier
 "France "François Mitterrand "President
 "Guyana "Forbes Burnham "President
 "India "Indira Gandhi "Prime Minister
 "Ivory Coast "Simeon Aké "Minister of Foreign Affairs
 "Japan "Zenko Suzuki "Prime Minister
 "Mexico "José López Portillo "President
 "Nigeria "Shehu Shagari "President
 "Philippines "Ferdinand Marcos "President
 "Saudi Arabia "Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud "Crown Prince
 "Sweden "Thorbjörn Fälldin "Prime Minister
 "Tanzania "Julius Nyerere "President
 "United Kingdom "Margaret Thatcher "Prime Minister
 "United States "Ronald Reagan "President
 "Venezuela "Luis Herrera Campins "President
 "West Germany "Hans-Dietrich Genscher "Minister for Foreign Affairs
 "Yugoslavia "Sergej Kraigher "President


No official agenda was set for the meeting.[4]

The conference was chaired by Mexican President "José López Portillo.[5]

French President "François Mitterrand attended the summit on one of his first official trips abroad.[6] He spoke about the need to change the terms of trade between industrialized countries and developing countries, and affirmed the will of France to actively contribute to the development of the "Third World.[7][8][9] Chinese Premier "Zhao Ziyang called for the establishment of a "new international economic order.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

The conference is one of the elements of the 1984 French film "The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent.

It is also the subject of story arc "Nuclear Alert of the Franco-Belgian comic book series "Buck Danny, published in 1983, 1984 and 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mourlon-Druol, Emmanuel; Romero, Federico (5 Mar 2014). International Summitry and Global Governance: The Rise of the G7 and the European Council, 1974-1991. Routledge. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Ronald E. Muller and Arthur L. Domike (18 October 1981). "CANCUN'S MEANING". WASHINGTON: The New York Times. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  3. ^ http://dspace.africaportal.org/jspui/bitstream/123456789/33036/1/SAIIA%20BACKGROUND%20BRIEFING%20NO%2013%20-%20NORTH-SOUTH%20ISSUES%20-%20THE%20CANCUN%20SUMMIT%20AND%20OTHER%201981%20NEGOTIATI.pdf?1
  4. ^ Times, Alan Riding, Special To The New York (18 October 1981). "MEXICANS GO ALL OUT FOR TALKS IN CANCUN". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Guide de voyage Ulysse, Cancun et la Riviera Maya, 3 janvier 2013, 283 pages.
  6. ^ Discours de "Jean-Louis Debré, président de l'"Assemblée nationale, lors de la réception de "Vicente Fox, président du Mexique, 14 novembre 2002.
  7. ^ Document de travail remis par M. François Mitterrand, Président de la République, à l'ouverture de la conférence Nord-Sud de Cancun au Mexique, jeudi 22 octobre 1981, Vie-publique.fr.
  8. ^ Chronologie de la notice Pays en développement (PED), Larousse.fr, consulté le 5 août 2013.
  9. ^ Chronologie de la politique de coopération pour le développement (1958-2007), Vie-publique.fr, mis à jour le 3 septembre 2007.
  10. ^ Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Chine : chronologie orientée, Politique étrangère, volume 48, numéro 1, p. 106, 1983.
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