Five hundred people, including diplomate, personalities and show business personalities attended a luncheon in a New York hotel yesterday (Wednesday) in honour of U Thant, the retiring Secretary General of the United Nations.
SV PAN INT U Thant walks to chair to applause from guests
SV & GV Guests applaud (4 shots)
CU John Lennon and Yoko One seated
CU U Thant presented with framed document by Cousins bring up sound: "Both the Conference for....." "...human citizen number one."
CU Guests applaud
CU U Thant speaks SOUND STARTS: "We have to learn a great deal..." "..like the United Nations."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: COUSINS: "Beth the learn conference for Human Survival and the Kettering Foundation have the privilege of telling you that a campaign ??? today for millions of signature all ever the world to the pledge of human citizenship and we great you as human citizen number one. (APPLAUSE)
SEQ. 6: U THANT: "We have to learn a great deal--of course all of you agree with me--but for more importantly we have to unlearn a great deal. To me it is more important that learning. To unlearn is more important. We have to unlearn a lot of d??? if we are to have a broader concept of all development. For instance we have to get rid of that very bad concept, the concept--my country right or wrong (APPLAUSE). This concept of my country right or wrong is the single meet important impediment to the development of global institutions like the United Nations."
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Background: Five hundred people, including diplomate, personalities and show business personalities attended a luncheon in a New York hotel yesterday (Wednesday) in honour of U Thant, the retiring Secretary General of the United Nations.
Accepting the title of "World Citizen No 1" from the Association of World Federalists, U Thant started off a campaign to collect a million signatures on a "declaration of world citizenship." He said in his speech that the concept of "my nation, right or wrong" was the single greatest obstacle to the development of institutions like the United Nations.