The overall context of the World Conference was established in
the opening session. Presidents Borja of Ecuador, Ershad of Bangladesh and Moi
of Kenya reflected in particular Latin American, Asian and African viewpoints.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
represented host country perspectives, while Director-General Mayor of UNESCO
and Conference Executive Secretary Haddad set the scene on behalf of the
sponsoring agencies and the Inter-Agency Commission,