I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 1974

Innsbruck,  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.

GLOBAL DIALOGUE EXPEDITION

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 peace."

The International Progress Organization will publish the proceedings of the symposion.

Final Resolution

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 Organization (UNIDO).

  • 13 November: Vienna, Austria / Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger, Federal President of the Republic of Austria.

  • 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).