of the North South Roundtable, Barbara Ward (1914-1981) said
at the time of the inaugural session of the NSRT in Rome in
"This meeting could mark a turning point in our understanding
of planetary dilemmas."
Since then for the next several decades, North South Roundtable
tried to live up to this vision of its founder through its meetings,
publications and direct briefings of the policy makers and policy
shapers of the world. All this work was done not by anyone individual
but by the collective efforts of all the members of the NSRT
as well as by the numerous participants in its special sessions.
The credit for guiding the North South Roundtable goes to its
founder Barbara Ward and its chairmen, particularly Mahbub ul
Haq, Maurice Strong and Richard Jolly. The late Dr. Saburo Okita
of Japan played a vital role in shaping the NSRT as its vice-chairman.
Ward summed up the contribution of the NSRT when, during her
last public appearance at the Sussex Roundtable in 1980, she
is people and their work, it is the new ideas, the visions that
begin to change society. I would say that we dare to be headŽstrong,
that we will be dedicated, and that we will not cease until
ideas that are represented here of world justice, of world community,
of interdependence of our beautiful planet, will be realized."
eloquent words illuminated the pathways of North South Roundtable
for many years.