Two Presidents and four Prime Ministers will meet in Salzburg, Austria, tomorrow (Monday, 4 February).?
Two Presidents and four Prime Ministers will meet in Salzburg, Austria, tomorrow (Monday, 4 February). They will begin a unique summit conference to assess the world's chance's of survival and to consider what humanity can do to save itself.
The state and government leaders are meeting informally, as private individuals, because they fear the world is threatened by runaway economic growth, pollution and -- maybe -- eventual starvation.
The conference -- at the 17th century Klesheim castle, near Salzburg has been organised by the 'Club of rome', a small, but influential group of scientists and businessmen concerned with the problems of human survival. They are seeking a "strategy for survival" to head off economic and ecological disaster.
The conference will be attended by presidents Luis Echeverria of Mexico, and Leopeld Senghar of the Republic of Senegal. Also present will be Prime Ministers Olof Palme of Sweden, Pierre Elliott Trudeau of Canada and Joop den Uyl of the Netherlands. Austria Chanceller Dr. Bruno Kreisky is host.
Belgian Prime Minister, Ednmend Leburton was due to attend, but has been held up by a political crisis in Brussels.
The national leaders have no authority to take decisions at Klesheim.But they hope to wind up the conference with a 'Declaration of Salzburg' calling on the world to halt dangerous policies before it is too late.
The 'Club of Rome' was formed in 1968. It has only 90 members, drawn from 30 countries. In 1972 it sponsored a study, called "The Limits to Growth" warning of current and future dangers. The study forecast that human society would collapse, probably during the next 100 years, if current trends of economic growth and exploitation of resources continued unchecked.