American delegate Shirley Temple Black was one of the speakers at the closing session of Friday (16 June).
GV INTERIOR.. Environment conference and delegates (2 shots)
MV Shirley Temple Black speaking
SOUND IN: "Men, with the wonderful....."
SOUND OUT: ".....every other interest"
SV President, officials and delegates applaud
MV President closing conference
SOUND IN: "I declare closed......."
SOUND OUT: "..... on the Human Environment".
GV Delegates applaud ZOOM INTO MV.. President and pressmen
CONFERENCE HALL AND DELEGATES; MRS. BLACK SPEAKING; PRESIDENT CLOSES CONFERENCE; PRESIDENT AND JOURNALISTS.
MRS. BLACK: "Man, with the wonderful and terrible powers that science has put in his hands, attends in greater need than ever before, of an ethic to guide his steps. The environmental warnings that we see around us are warnings not only to our engineering skill, but of our spirits. They tell us that this earth we have been wounding is our home, and will be the home of all the billions of our children and their children. We aspire to live well in this earthly environment. But to do so, we must acknowledge our kinship as human beings, and the obligations of that kinship as the great law transcending nation and idealogy and every other interest."
PRESIDENT BENGTSSON: "I declare closed the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment."
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Background: American delegate Shirley Temple Black was one of the speakers at the closing session of Friday (16 June). And after she'd addressed representatives of the 110 nations taking part, delegates began to head for home having drawn up a far-ranging blueprint for man's survival during 11 days of negotiations and intermittent political confrontations.
Mrs. Black urged men to acknowledge their kinship as human beings and to replies that obligations of that kinship transcended all other national or ideological difference.
At the end of the final speech, conference President Ingemund Bengtsson, Sweden's Agriculture Minister, officially declared the conference at an end.
The most significant tangible results of the conference were the adoption of the three-part plan for future government action, the creation of new U.N. machinery to co-ordinate global measure dealing with the ecological crisis, and a principal declarations on the human environment.
The declaration is reportedly seen by many diplomats as one of the most significant decisions to the taken by the U.N. since the 1948 human rights declaration.
And it's said that several governments are likely to start swift action programmes to reverse the deterioration of the environment in the wake of the conference.