Six national leaders attending a conference on how to save the world from self-destruction were largely optimistic when it ended on Tuesday (5 February).
Six national leaders attending a conference on how to save the world from self-destruction were largely optimistic when it ended on Tuesday (5 February). In a communique issued at the conclusion of two days of talks on "Survival", they said: "The future of man is essentially hopeful if wide understanding of our problems and choices is developed."
The leaders, President Luis Echeverria of Mexico and Leopold Senghor of Senegal, and Prime Ministers Olof Palms of Sweden, Pierre Elliott Trudeau of Canada, Joop den Uyl of the Netherlands and Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky of Austria, acting as host, were attending the conference as private individuals. They had been invited by the Club of Rome, an international study group of 90 academics and businessmen concerned with the future. The Club has often expressed fears that the world may be heading for disaster, owing to rapid economic expansion.
The conference, which was held behind closed doors, dealt with such crisis issues as population control, energy, the quality of life, the environment and shortages of raw materials. The Swedish Premier told newsmen afterwards that the problems though serious were soluble by rational and reasonable methods. "There was a consensus," Mr. Palms said, "that there is no need to sound alarm bells."