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PART I. A. CURRENT SOCIAL SITUATION AND REASONS FOR CONVENING THE SUMMIT

This section elaborates on the need for the Social Summit. It notes the benefits and possible threats of globalization, identifies areas of progress in social and economic development, identifies groups that are especially affected by poverty, and calls for the reduction and elimination of sources of social distress. Delegates added separate paragraphs on: the special needs of Africa and the least developed countries (LDCs); the need to support the countries with economies in transition; and the needs of other countries undergoing political, economic and social transformation.

Brackets remain around the call to address the negative impact from arms production and trade "whenever/wherever it occurs." A sub-paragraph regarding the social problems in countries with economies in transition is also bracketed.