Highlights of the Council Meeting, April 11, 1971


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International Participation. It was reported that there was some danger that ICSU and its affiliated unions would lose their Unesco subventions under a Unesco resolution forbidding such grants to organizations having as members countries practicing apartheid such as South Africa. The council passed the following resolution that is to be forwarded to the Chairman of the United States National Commission for Unesco. ‘The Council of the American Geophysical Union acting as the United States National Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics strongly endorses the positions that have been taken by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States with respect to the nonpolitical nature of ICSU and its affiliated Unions.’ It was further remarked that in transmitting this resolution a preamble should be included indicating that although we deplore racial discrimination we are bound to recognize the fact that the free interchange of scientific thought on a nongovernmental level has proved valuable inspite of governmental differences.