31 December 1974
PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION BROCHURE
In February 1974
the International Progress Organization published an information
brochure with excerpts from the Statutes, the Declaration of the First
General Assembly, project announcements and messages from the
Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Foreign Minister of the
Republic of Austria.
From 5 March to 1 May 1974 the
President of the International Progress
Organization, Dr. Hans Köchler,
undertook a trip around the globe to promote the idea of cultural
dialogue as basis of peaceful co-existence among nations, and to discuss
the International Progress Organization's forthcoming conference on "The
Cultural Self-comprehension of Nations." In
the course of his consultations with academics, politicians, diplomats, NGO representatives and
journalists, he visited 28 cities in 26 countries
on 5 continents. He gave
numerous interviews on mission and projects of the International
Progress Organization and met,
among others, with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Léopold
Sédar Senghor; the Minister of Culture of Egypt, Yussef
El-Sebai; the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United
Arab Emirates, Saif Ghobash; the Minister of Education and
Social Welfare of India, Prof. Nurul Hassan; Prof. Mulk Raj
Anand (India); the Foreign
Minister of Thailand, Charoonphan Israngkul Na Ayudhya; and the
Director-General in the Ministry of Education of Indonesia, Prof.
Ida Bagus Mantra.
Detailed documentation with
itinerary and list of interlocutors
LECTURE ON CULTURAL COOPERATION
On 9 March 1974
the President of the I.P.O. delivered a lecture before the Royal
Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan, on "Cultural-philosophical Aspects
of International Cooperation."
CONSULTATIONS ON THE CULTURAL DIALOGUE PROJECT
From 4 to 7 June 1974 the
President of the I.P.O. held a series of consultations in Innsbruck and
Vienna to discuss the conference on cultural co-operation to be held in
Innsbruck in July 1974. He met, among others, with the Ambassador of France,
H. E. Augustin Jordan; the Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Aluysio
Regis Bittencourt; the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt,
H.E. Salah Gohar; the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Libya, H.
E. Ezzedin Ali Mahmoud Al-Ghadamsi; the Ambassador of the United States
of Mexico, H.E. Dr. Ulises Schmill Ordóñez; the Counselor at the
Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Mr. J. W. Nikonorov;
the First Secretary of the Indian Embassy, Mr. K. P. Balakrishnan;
the First Secretary of the Embassy of Venezuela, Mr. Antonio Pittol;
the Cultural Attaché of the
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Romania, Mr. Vasile Croicu;
and senior diplomats at the
Embassies of Italy, Switzerland, and the German Democratic Republic.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CAMP
From 14 to 29 July 1974 the International Progress
Organization arranged an international youth camp in the mountain region
of Tyrol, Austria (Kemater Alm).
Youth from Austria, Poland and Canada assisted in a reforestation
project in the Tyrolean mountains and were given the opportunity to
participate, as observers, in the subsequent international symposion of
the I.P.O. on "The Cultural Self-comprehension of Nations." The camp was
jointly organized with the Tyrolean Directorate of Forestry.
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSION ON CULTURAL DIALOGUE
From 27 to 29 July 1974 the
International Progress Organization held an international symposion in
Innsbruck, Austria, on "The Cultural Self-comprehension of Nations." The
conference was held under the joint auspices of the President of the
Republic of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and the President of
the Republic of Austria, Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger. More than 60
delegates from 23 countries and all continents discussed (a) the structure
and conditions of cultural self-comprehension; (b) questions related to the
mutual dependence of cultures; and (c) problems of an applied cultural
policy. The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Senegal, Alioune Sene,
delivered the opening lecture. The Lord Mayor of the City of Innsbruck,
DDr. Alois Lugger, delivered the welcoming address on behalf of the
host country and city. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr.
Kurt Waldheim, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow,
and the Minister of Culture of Egypt, Yussef El Sebai, sent special
representatives. A special message was received from the Federal Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Austria, Dr. Erich Bielka-Karltreu. Among the
keynote speakers were Prof. Mulk Raj Anand (Bombay, India),
Prof. Pan Sothi (Vice-Prime Minister of the Khmer Republic), Prof.
Ida Bagus Mantra (Director-General at the Ministry of Education,
Jakarta, Indonesia), Mr. Mursi Saad El Din (Under Secretary in the
Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt), and Prof. Umberto Gori (Dept. of
International Relations at the University of Florence, Italy).
In the evening
of 27 July, the Governor of Tyrol and the Lord Mayor of Innsbruck gave a
reception for the participants in the ceremonial hall of "Hotel Europa."
The delegates adopted a
Resolution in which they affirmed the "right of cultural self-realization of
all national cultures," and urged governments and international
organizations to intensify their efforts in the field of international
cultural co-operation. Emphasizing the importance of a "non-nationalistic
knowledge of the cultures of the planet," the delegates stated that "the
main tasks and the mission of cultural foreign policy must be the quest for
The International Progress
Organization will publish the proceedings of the symposion.
MEETINGS AND INFORMATION VISITS OF THE PRESIDENT
31 January: Vienna, Austria / Dr. Rudolf
Kirchschläger, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr. Alfons
Dalma, Editor-in-Chief, News, Austrian Television (ORF).
1 March: Innsbruck, Austria / Dr. Josef Klaus,
former Federal Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Austria.
7 June: Vienna, Austria / Dr.
Christian Broda, Federal Minister of Justice of Austria.
16 June: St. Johann i.T., Austria /
Dr. Fred Sinowatz, Federal Minister of Education of Austria.
4 October: Vienna, Austria /
Dr. Richard Wotava, United Nations Industrial and Development
13 November: Vienna, Austria /
Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger, Federal President of the Republic of
14 November: Vienna, Austria / Dr. Ernst Eugen
Veselsky, Minister of State in the Federal Chancellery of Austria.
18 November: Munich, Germany /
Dr. Herbert Schnapka.
17 December: Innsbruck, Austria /
Mr. Hermann Gmeiner, Founder and President, SOS-Kinderdorf
International (SOS Children's Villages).