MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Despite deep divisions among the 148 delegates attending the United Nations World Population Conference in Mexico City, a broad consensus on recommended methods to control the growth of the world's population was reached (August 15).
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
1. GV PAN Delegates applauding. 0.09
2. SV USA representative james Buckley addressing conference. 0.17
3. SV Israeli delegate. 0.20
4. GV PAN Delegates voting. 0.27
5. SV USA delegates. 0.30
6. CU Vatican delegates. 0.34
7. SV Pregnant woman leaving a building entering street. 0.40
8. GV PAN delegates inside conference room. 0.46
9. SVs Delegates from various countries. (7 SHOTS) 0.59
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Background: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Despite deep divisions among the 148 delegates attending the United Nations World Population Conference in Mexico City, a broad consensus on recommended methods to control the growth of the world's population was reached (August 15). The final document contained 77 recommendations for future action. Earlier in the week, agreement seemed fa off, with the United States strongly objecting to a recommendation sponsored by the Arab states which condemned the illegal establishment of settlements in occupied territories. In the final vote on that issue, only Israel supported the United States, but attempts to find an acceptable compromise forced the conference to extend to nine full days of discussion. Other areas of contention saw the United States repeatedly clashing with other delegations over its strong anti-abortion position and with the soviet Union over Soviet attempts to include a reference to disarmament in the final document. The disarmament issue was defused by including with another recommendation a general paragraph referring to peace and security. In another clash with the Soviet delegation victory went to the United States with one recommendation encouraging wherever appropriate, free enterprise population-control initiatives. In an effort to skirt the issue of abortion, the final document called for more money to be spent developing new methods of safe birth control. For doctrinal reasons, the Vatican was unable to accept this formulation but the United States, faced with the spectre of an end of the century world population of more than six billion, bowed to pressure from the conference majority and joined the other delegations in signing the final document without calling for a vote.
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