UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
From 9 to 11
February 1977 the President of the I.P.O., Dr. Hans Koechler,
attended the annual session of the NGO Committee of the Economic and
Social Council of the United Nations at UN headquarters in New York to
present the International Progress Organization's application for
consultative status. Upon conclusion of the annual session, the
International Progress Organization was granted consultative status.
On 28 October 1977, the
President of the I.P.O. signed, at the Embassy of the United Arab
Emirates in Vienna, the Book of Condolence in memory of the late
Saif Ghobash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE
and Member of the Executive Board of the I.P.O., who was tragically
killed in a terrorist incident at Abu Dhabi airport.
The regular session of the
Executive Board was held on 21 April 1977 at Palazzetto di Venezia in Rome,
The Executive Board decided to appoint Dr. M. T. Mehdi as Permanent
Representative to the United Nations in New York.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
session of the General Assembly of the I.P.O. was held in Innsbruck,
Austria, on 23 February 1977. The members decided to transfer the
headquarters of the organization from Innsbruck to Vienna.
NEW HEAD OFFICE
On 1 April 1977
the I.P.O. established the new headquarters in Vienna (1150 Vienna,
Progress Organization was co-sponsor of the "Concert for Palestine" on
21 June 1977 in Vienna.
September 1977, the President of the I.P.O. participated in a
conversation ("Alpbacher Kamingespräche") with Yitzhak Rabin,
former Prime Minister of Israel, on the sidelines of the European Forum
Alpbach in Tyrol.
The I.P.O. participated in the
international conference organized by the
International Campaign Committee for a
Just Peace in the Middle East in Paris, France, 14-16
University of Surrey, Guildford, UK: Dr. Hans Koechler on
"The Arab World and the West
of the International
University of Innsbruck, Austria: Mr. Kadhim Jawad,
Director of the Internaional Press Office, Ministry of Information
of Iraq: "Message to the European Intellectuals."
Austrian Peace Council, Vienna: Dr. Hans Koechler,
President of the International Progress Organization: Report on the
International Palestine Conference.
CO-OPERATION WITH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
The I.P.O. decided
to co-operate on a regular basis with the World Peace Council (Warsaw),
the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU)
(London), the Austrian Peace Council (Vienna), and the International Institute for
MEETINGS AND INFORMATION VISITS OF THE PRESIDENT
11-15 February: New York, USA / Consultations at
United Nations headquarters with Ambassador Medoune Fall,
Permanent Representative of Senegal, Chairman of the Committee for the
Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People;
Ambassador Chaidir Anwar Sani, Permanent Representative of
Indonesia; Mr. Albert Rohan, Executive Office of the
Secretary-General of the United Nations; Ambassador Piero Vinci,
Permanent Representative of Italy; Ambassador Zehdi Labib Terzi,
Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization; Mr.
Mohamed Al-Taher, Chargé d'affaires of the United Arab Emirates;
and Dr. Fritz Cocron, Director of the Austrian Cultural
Institute in New York.
18 May: Innsbruck, Austria / Ms. Elisabeth de
Miribel, Consul General of France.
23 May: Innsbruck, Austria / Dinner meeting with
Dr. Herbert Salcher, Deputy Governor of Tyrol, Chairman of the
regional branch of the Austrian Socialist Party (SPÖ).
1 June: Milan, Italy / Meeting and luncheon with
Dr. Enrico Aillaud, President of Interbanca.
15-17 June: Paris, France / Consultations at UNESCO
headquarters with Mr. Eric Armerding, Chief of the Division of
External Relations; Mr. Wolfgang Schwendler,
Deputy Chief, Division of Philosophy; Ambassador Count Ludovico
Carducci Artenisio, Permanent Representative of Italy; and members
of the Permanent Missions of Austria and Senegal.
17 June: Paris, France /
Ambassador Dr. Carl Bobleter, Permanent Representative of Austria
to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
30 June: Vienna, Austria / Mr.
Fahad al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar.
19 July: Vienna, Austria / Ms.
Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Vice Mayor of Vienna in charge of
26 July: Vienna, Austria / Mr. Basil Bolt,
Ambassador of New Zealand.
9 August: Vienna, Austria / Dr. Wolfgang Öhler,
Consul of the State of Kuwait.
9 September: Vienna, Austria /
Dr. Willibald Pahr, Foreign Minister of Austria.
13 September: Vienna, Austria /
Prof. Felix Ermacora, Member of the United Nations Commission
on Human Rights, Member of the Austrian Parliament.