International Meeting on Cooperation and Development
Participants at the Cancun Sheraton Hotel Beach.
|Date||22–23 October 1981|
|Venue(s)||Cancun Sheraton Hotel|
|Chair||José López Portillo|
The North–South Summit, officially the International Meeting on Cooperation and Development, 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.
|United Nations||Kurt Waldheim||Secretary-General|
|Austria||Willibald Pahr||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Brazil||Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro||Minister of External Relations|
|Canada||Pierre Trudeau||Prime Minister|
|India||Indira Gandhi||Prime Minister|
|Ivory Coast||Simeon Aké||Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Japan||Zenko Suzuki||Prime Minister|
|Mexico||José López Portillo||President|
|Saudi Arabia||Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud||Crown Prince|
|Sweden||Thorbjörn Fälldin||Prime Minister|
|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|
No official agenda was set for the meeting.
French President François Mitterrand attended the summit on one of his first official trips abroad. 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. Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang called for the establishment of a new international economic order.
The conference is one of the elements of the 1984 French film The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent.