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Quo Vadis UNO?

A review of some of the issues raised by the Club of Rome study of World Dynamics (Part #1)


Published in: International Associations 23, 8, 1971, October, pp. 469-481 [PDF version]


Background
Introduction
Conclusions of the Study
Criticism of the Study
Implications for international programs
Final comments

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Background

The Club of Rome is a semi-secret, international, nongovernmental, nonpolitical organization consisting of a network of some 75 scientists, humanists, economists and business leaders who have joined together to find ways to understand better the changes now occurring in the world. They are not in governmental decision-making positions, nor has the Club itself any ideological, political or national commitments. Their orientation is activist - that is, they wish to do more than study and understand. They wish to clarify the course of human events in a way that can be transmitted to governments and peoples to influence the trends of rising population, increasing pollution, greater crowding, and growing social strife.

"The Club views their role as that of a catalyst. It realizes that its program can succeed only if its achievements are sufficiently new and important that they attract a lasting group of adherents from different cultures and various branches of scientific and political activity. To do that the Club seeks to identify a new class of social problems and to provide the language, the methodologies and the criteria of success appropriate for their solution."

Inspired by Aurelio Peccei (The Chasm Ahead. The Macmillan Company, London, 1969; "Where Are We? Were Are We Going?" Successo, Vol. XII, no. 1 New Series, pp. 119-126 (February 1970) publ. by Aido Palazzï, Editore, Via Zuretti 34, Milan, Italy; "The Predicament of Mankind", Successo, Vol. XII, no. 6 New Series, pp. 149-155 (June 1970), publ. by Aldo Palazzi, Editore, Milan), the Club was created some three years ago by a handful of eminent industrialists and academicians such as Eduard Pestel, Alexander King, Hasan Ozbekhan, and Hugo Thiemann, and has now been incorporated in Geneva as a non-profit association under the Swiss Civil Code. Members see themselves as shadowy background figures whose mission is to save the world by infiltrating their ideas into the corridors and dining tables of power - a much-needed transnational, but self elected, "Conseil des Sages".

bles of power - a much-needed transnational, but self elected, "Conseil des Sages".


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