A four day conference or the Club of Rome, an influential private group concerned with the future of mankind, opened in Algiers on Monday (25 October).
A four day conference or the Club of Rome, an influential private group concerned with the future of mankind, opened in Algiers on Monday (25 October). The major issue for debate is how world development can be controlled internationally so that famine and war recede, and the Earth is left habitable for future generations.
SYNOPSIS: Some 300 economists, academics, politicians, industrialists and journalists who belong to the Club of Rome were in Algiers for the meeting. They were discussing a report called 'Reshaping the International Order' -- drawn up for the Club by 21 specialist contributors. The report was commissioned two years ago to make concrete and short-term proposals to avert what the Club fears will be catastrophe through uncontrolled global expansion. An earlier report for the Club warned that uncondoned growth was leading to overpopulation, inadequate food production and exhaustion of the world's raw materials within 100 years.
The Nobel prize-winner, Dutch economist Dr. Jan Tinbergen (Seated) led the team which prepared the latest report for the Club. Also present for the opening session was Monsieur Driss Djazairi, representing the Algerian Government which is hosting the conference.
The President of the Club of Rome, Signor Aurelio Peccei, asked the Algerian Government to host the conference because of the prominent role the nation played in the special United Nations session on a New World Economic Order in 1974. In his opening address, Signor Peccei suggested that to control growth, regional communities like the European Common Market should relinquish some of their executive powers to the United Nations.