A call for the world to pay head to the population explosion, and the problems it presented, was made on Wednesday (20 September) to the United Nations by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.
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WALDHEIM: "The problems of a world population which is growing, and of people on the move, are of infinite complexity. No single solution applies to the region which is unable to provide a decent living for its people, and the area whose development requires a rising labour force. The twenty-fifth General Assembly recognised the international importance of current demographic trends by asking the Secretary-General to proclaim a World Population Year. I take great satisfaction in announcing today that 1974 will be so designated. Its highlight will be a World Population Conference, although many subsidiary events will be scheduled."
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Background: A call for the world to pay head to the population explosion, and the problems it presented, was made on Wednesday (20 September) to the United Nations by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.
Making a statement to mark World Population Year, Mr Waldheim said that in the developing countries, with two thirds of the word's people and some of the highest rates of population growth, there are insufficient schools, textbooks and teachers for children reaching school ago.
Industrialised nations, he said, were suffering the pressures of overcrowded cities which continued to swell and drain talent from low development regions.