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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950


"The World Federation of Democratic Youth's 2nd World Youth Congress in Budapest was a demonstration second only to the Paris Peace Congress of the desire of ordinary people for peace. There were 637 delegates and 97 observers from 72 countries, and every speaker emphasised the importance to the young of a lasting peace and their active work to achieve it."

Thus a special report to "Salient" from Bon Smith, VUC graduate, and leader of the New Zealand delegation to the Congress.

"We met in the lofty chamber of the Hungarian Parliament. It was a week of hard work—the beautiful national costumes of the previous week's Festival were put into cold storage—and we struggled to listen to alt the speeches, get copies of all material issued, attend all meetings, meet delegations (eg. Indonesian and Russian) in which we were especially interested, and write reports home.