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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 10. July 15, 1954


In October of 1950, the National Unions of Students' of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, issued a joint invitation to an International Student Conference, to be held in Stockholm from December 17 to 21 of that year.

This Conference was initiated following recognition of the fact that repeated attempts to persuade the I.U.S. (International Union of Students), to cease its partisan political activities had failed and that I.U.S. did not leave as an instrument for the promotion of practical student activities.

Twenty-one national unions assembled at Stockholm and determined a programme of activities for operation at the International level. A statement of principles as a basis of their co-operation was adopted, and they strengthened the structure for the implementation of their programme of activities by establishing the co-ordinating secretariat of the National Unions of students a permanent administrative agency whose task was to ensure the implementation of the decisions of the annual International Student Conferences. The meeting also determined a wide international programme of activities for the following year.

The National Unions assembled at Edinburgh expressed regret that events beyond their control had prevented the, realisation of a world student community of all countries, and stated their willingness to review their arrangements in the light of any changes in the International student situation. They expressed the belief that "by participating in a practical co-operation . . . (based upon the principles of co-operation, printed elsewhere in this issue) National Unions of Students can help to create friendship and understanding among students in all countries."