Many different countries spoke at the UN meeting for sustainable development.Some of the speakers were from so called "developed" countries, and others were from "undeveloped" countries.When Mr. Colin L. Powell spoke, from the United States, he stated that development was equivalent to lack of hunger, regard to the world's natural resources, and a use of modern technology.He felt that the main way that the underdeveloped countries could become developed was to receive monetary help from the already-developed countries.When the President of the Republic of Palau spoke, he stated the in order for his country to become more developed; they needed to gain knowledge from the developed countries, and to learn from them.He stated that he does not want the U.S. and other countries to merely give his country money or fishing items, but he wants the developed countries to teach them how to fish for themselves.
Those who spoke at this meeting want to make the world a better place by helping those countries that have less than the U.S. and other western countries.They want to develop the countries that do not have modern technology and a strong economic base.Mr. Powell readily admits though that helping underdeveloped countries also helps the already-developed countries when he states "we have always understood that our own well-being depends on the well-being of our fellow inhabitants of the planet Earth."Powell wants to help those countries that are not as developed as the U.S. to become healthier and richer, not only for that country, but also for the sake of the U.S.