I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 1982

Vienna,  19 December 1982


10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE I.P.O.

The President of the I.P.O. has received, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the International Progress Organization, messages from United Nations Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuellar, and from the Director-General of Unesco, Amadou Mahtar M'Bow. The President of the Republic of Austria, Rudolf Kirschläger, has also expressed his congratulations and his hope for the successful continuation of the work of the I.P.O.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, the President of the I.P.O. gave a reception at Hotel George V in Paris (11 December 1982).


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF NON-ALIGNMENT

The I.P.O. organized in Baghdad, Iraq, the "International Conference on the Principles of Non-alignment" (4-6 May 1982). The conference was held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Iraq and was attended by approx. 100 experts of political science, diplomacy and international law from all regions of the globe. Keynote speeches were delivered by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H. E. Essmat Kittani, and by the Vice-Primeminister of Iraq, H. E. Tareq Aziz. The General Rapporteur of the Conference was Prof. Leo Mates (Institute of International Politics and Economics, Yugoslavia). The conference received messages from H.E. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India; His Majesty Hussein I, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia; H.E. Spyros Kyprianou, President of Cyprus; and H. H. Jamir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait.

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

The delegates of the I.P.O. have participated in a number of international conferences, for example the Fourth Extraordinary Session of the General Conference of Unesco (Paris, 23 November - 3 December 1982) where the I.P.O. was represented by Professor Henry Cattan; the International Conference on "The Mediterranean: Zone of Peace," organized by the International Association of Democratic Jurists (Algiers, 10-11 December 1982) (representative of the I.P.O.: Prof. Nasser Eddine Ghozali); and the Seminar on the Violation of Human Rights in the Palestinian and other Arab Territories occupied by Israel, organized by the United Nations (Geneva, 29 November - 3 December 1982). The I.P.O. has presented two working documents by Prof. Henry Cattan and Prof. Auguste Raynald Werner.


INFORMATION VISIT TO THE DPRK

From 20 to 28 September 1982, the President of the I.P.O. undertook a visit to the People's Democratic Republic of Korea to discuss issues related to the peaceful reunification of Korea. He met, among others, with the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly, Mr. Hwang Jang-yop, in Pyongyang.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

During 1982 the following books and brochures have been published:

-- The Principles of Non-Alignment. (Proceedings of the International Conference held in  Baghdad, 4-6 May 1982.) Studies in International Relations, Vol. VII. London 1982.

-- The Solution of the Palestine Refugee Problem. By Henry Cattan. Studies in International Relations, Vol. VI. Vienna 1982.

-- The Concept of Monotheism in Islam and Christianity. (Proceedings of the International Symposion held in Rome, 17 - 19 November 1981.) Vienna 1982.

-- International Progress Organization - 1972-1982. (Information brochure, published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the I.P.O.) Vienna 1982.


RESEARCH SEMINAR ON THE ARAB GULF

The preparatory committee for the research seminar on "Arab Gulf Development and International Relations" has met in Vienna on 16 September 1982. The seminar will be held in 1983 and will deal with political, economic and development aspects of the Arab Gulf region. The proceedings will be published in volume 8 of the "Studies in International Relations."


DECISIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The regular session of the Executive Board of the I.P.O. has taken place in Paris on 11 December 1982.

The Executive Board has decided that the I.P.O. will organize in 1984 an international symposion on the New World Communication and Information Order. (This project shall be carried out in close cooperation with Unesco.) The members are kindly invited to present their proposals as regards topics and participants. The provisional title of the symposion will be: "The New International Information and Communication Order - Basis for Cultural Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence."

The Executive Board has appointed Professor Dr. Norbert Wimmer as new alternate representative to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna.

The Executive Board has admitted new members from Austria, Algeria, Ghana, Kuwait, Tunisia, France and the United States of America.