The heads of the world's largest news organisations discussed with UN Secretary-General U Thant the question of the United Nations and the dissemination of information in New York on Monday (19 October).
LV INT. U Thant meets heads of world news organisations shaking hands with Mr R. Waldman at 5-7'
CU General Secretary sign PAN to U Thant with paper in front of him
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: THANT: "You are the interpreters of the United Nations for the world at large. At the same time you carry public reaction and attitudes back to those responsible for shaping and guiding United Nations policies and actions. From the perils of pollution to the possibility of atomic annihilation: All of mankind's achievements have brought him face to face with one certain fact and future warning: live by the charter, or you may not live at all. Thus it is on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations I firmly believe we have reached a watershed in human affairs. We have been accustomed for many years to speak of the American way of life, the Soviet way of life, the Eastern way of life, the African way of life, the Latin American way of life and so on. Today I firmly believe human beings have been brought to a point when these separate sovereign ways must harmonise and blend in something larger and more comprehensive - the United Nations way of life."
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Background: The heads of the world's largest news organisations discussed with UN Secretary-General U Thant the question of the United Nations and the dissemination of information in New York on Monday (19 October). Speaking to the meeting, U Thant stressed the role of the media as the mirror of public opinion.
Among the representatives of the world's leading news organisations was Mr. R. Waldman, Managing Director of Visnews.