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The Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers

Letter from Douglas Mattern, World Citizens Assembly to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (380,791 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Douglas Mattern, World Citizens Assembly to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Mattern enclosed a copy of the resolution "To End the Arms Race" adopted by the World Citizens Assembly meeting in Paris, France. More than 600 representatives from 25 countries participated. The WCA sought endorsement of the resolution by influential individuals and organizations in preparation for the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament meeting scheduled for 1978.
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1977-12-05 (December 5, 1977)
Mattern, Douglas
World Citizens Assembly
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics
Reproduced with permission of Douglas Mattern.
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Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
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Folder Number: 45
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Series II: Correspondence, 1953-1993
Folder: General, 1953-1977
December 5, 1977
Enclosed is a major resolution (To End the Arms Race) adopted by the World Citizens Assembly (WCA) meeting in Paris, France from July l-5, 1977. The WCA was attended by 600 people from 25 countries. The resolution was written by Commission I after two days of extensive discussion with representatives of peace organization from Western, Socialist, and Third World countries.
The focus of the resolution is the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament scheduled for 1978. With the arms race continuing its macabre course, it is imperative that this crucial U.N. Special Session achieve positive results. The WCA resolution appeals to all peoples, all governments, all non-government organizations to demonstrate their support; to arouse public opinion sufficient to inspire their governments to positive action.
To help further this goal, the WCA is seeking endorsement of this resolution by influential individuals and organizations. Early in 1978, the resolution (with endorsements) will be presented to leaders of governments, and directly to the United Nations. We would be honored to add your name to the list of prominent global citizens endorsing this resolution. More than 35 Nobel Laureates have already added their name, along with many other outstanding people and organizations. The deadline for receiving endorsements is January 31, 1977.
The coming months of activities, leading to and including the U. N. Special Session on Disarmament, could provide a turning point away from the hopeless trend of the arms race toward fundamental steps to build a world community which offers humanity a future. We must not fail this historic opportunity.
All endorsers will receive a copy of the final document when it is readied for presentation.
Douglas Mattern
Secretary General, WCA
Chairman, Commission I
World Citizens Assembly "To Build A World Community"
The second World Citizens Assembly meeting in Paris, France with 600 delegates from 25 countries, officially adopted the following resolution on July 5, 1977. This resolution was written by Commission I after days of extensive discussion with representatives from Western, Socialist, and Third World countries.
Commission I, To End the Arms Race
"The Future Of Mankind Depends On The Capacity Of The Present Generation To Realize This Interdependence And Take Urgent Action At The International Level To Achieve The Necessary Progress In Disarmament."
Kurt Waldheim - Secretary General - United Nations
Whereas the priority task facing the world community is to stop the arms race; to achieve drastic reductions in military expenditures, together with programs converting the arms industry into peaceful production; and
Whereas it is essentially through ending the arms race that a new world economic order can be funded which will provide a more equitable distribution of the world's wealth and resources, and assure an improved quality of life for the people of the earth; and
Whereas negotiations between the major powers, including the SALT agreements, have failed to slow the arms race, and the world arms trade continues to escalate; and
Whereas concrete steps toward controlled disarmament can lead to a strengthened United Nations with the authority to settle disputes between nations through the framework of world law; and
Whereas the central purpose of the United Nations Charter is to end the scourge of war, the corollary is to implement this principle by all peaceful means;
Therefore Be It Resolved that the World Citizens Assembly, meeting with 600 delegates from 25 countries in Paris, July, 1977, appeals to all peoples, all governments, and all NGOs to support the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament in 1978; to arouse public opinion through persuasion and direct action, in order to insure that this most crucial Assembly attains positive results;
Further Be It Resolved that the World Citizens Assembly, seeking a significant input at the Special Assembly on Disarmament, appeals to the Secretary General and the organizers of the Special Session to permit the full participation of peoples' organizations as well as governments in this historic opportunity to save humanity.
List Of Endorsers Of The WCA Resolution (as of 12/l/77)
Nobel Laureates
Dr. Hannes Alven, 1970 (Physics)
Dr. Christian Anfinsen, 1972 (Chemistry)
Dr. Kenneth Arrow, 1972 (Economics)
Lord Phillip Noel-Baker, 1959 (Peace)
Sir Frank Burnet, 1960 (Medicine)
Dr. Andre Cournand, 1956 (Medicine)
Dr. Christian de Duve, 1974 (Medicine)
Dr. Paul Flory, 1974 (Chemistry)
Dr. Ragnar Granit, 1967 (Medicine)
Dr. Odd Hassel, 1969 (Chemistry)
Dr. Dorothy Crawfoot-Hodgkin, 1964 (Chemistry)
Dr. Alfred Hershey, 1969 (Medicine)
Dr. Gerhard Herzberg, 1971 (Chemistry)
Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgi, 1937 (Medicine)
Dr. Francois Jacob, 1965 (Medicine)
Dr. Brian Jospehson, 1973 (Physics)
Dr. Alfred Kastler, 1966 (Medicine)
Dr. Konrad Lorenz, 1973 (Medicine)
Dr. Salvador Luria, 1969 (Medicine)
Dr. Andre Lwoff, 1965 (Medicine)
Mr. Sean McBride, 1974 (Peace) & Lenin Peace Prize
Dr. Rudolf Mossbauer, 1961 (Physics)
Dr. Robert Mulliken, 1966 (Chemistry)
Mr. Gunner Mydral, 1975 (Economics)
Dr. Severo Ochoa, 1959 (Medicine)
Dr. George Palade, 1974 (Medicine)
Dr. Linus Pauling, 1954 (Chemistry) 1962 (Peace)
Dr. Max Perutz, 1962 (Chemistry)
Dr. Reichstein, 1951 (Medicine)
Dr. Hugo Theorell, 1955 (Medicine)
Dr. Jan Tinbergen, 1969 (Economics)
Dr. Nikolaas Tinbergen, 1973 (Literature)
International Peace Bureau, 1910 (Peace)
Dr. Harold C. Urey, 1934 (Chemistry)
Dr. Wassily Lenotief, 1973 (Economics)
Other outstanding endorsers (partial list)
Frank Allaun, MP, England; Chairman Labor Action for Peace.
R.K.R. Alston, Pres. UNA, Australia
Soviet Peace Committee, USSR.
Mr. A.T. Ariyaratne, President
Sarvodaya Sharadana Movement, Sri Lanka.
Ernest DeMaio, U.N. Representative of World Federation of Trade Unions.
Dr. Frank Barnaby, Director, Swedish International Peace Research Institute
Major Boehm, President, WILPF-USA.
Harry Bridges, President Emeritus, International Longshoremen's Union.
Center of Economic and Social Studies of the Third World, Mexico.
Dr. Jerome Davis, Gandhi Peace Prize.
Reva King, President, SERVAS Int.
Rev. Eugene Blake, former Chairman, World Council of Churches.
Samuel Day, Jr., Editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Rev. Gerald Grant, President, Exec. Council, World Association of World Federalists.
The Honorable Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Senator, former U.S. Vice-president.
Victor Lloyd, Director, SANE
Elena Gil Izquierdo, President, Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the People, Cuba
Bhupendra Kishore, Asian Secretary, Service Civil International.
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist.
Dr. Luther Evans, former Director-General UNESCO.
Ahmad Subardjo Djoyoadisurjo Former Foreign Minister, Indonesia
Mrs. Kathleen Tacchi-Morris, President Women for Disarmament, England.
Eeve-Liisa Myllymaki, President Finnish Peace Research Association.
Pastor Martin Niemoller, Lennin Peace Prize.
Sheila Oakes, General Secretary, National Peace Council, England.
Mr. Alan Paton, Civil rights leader, South Africa.
Aurelio Peccei, Founder, Club of Rome.
H.E. Mr. Rossides, Ambassador of Cyprus to the United Nations.
H.E. Mr. Frank Boaten. Ambassador of Ghana to the United Nations.
Dr. Cahit Talas, Chairman, Turkish UN
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