“Convinced that personalities who worked for understanding and cooperation between nations and international peace will be examples for future generations,
“Recalling that the hundredth anniversaryof the birth of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, will be celebrated in 1981,
“Knowing that he was an exceptional reformer in all fields relevant to the competence of UNESCO,
“Recognizing in particular that he was the leader of the first struggle given against colonialism and imperialism,
“Recalling that he was the remarkable promoter of the sense of understanding between peoples and durable peace between the nations of the world and that he worked all his life for the development of harmony and cooperation between peoples without distinction of color, religion and race,
“It is decided that UNESCO should colloborate in 1981 with the Turkish Government on both intellectual and technical plans for an international colloquium with the aim of acquainting the world with the various aspects of the personality and deeds of Atatürk whose objective was to promote world peace, international understanding and respect for human rights.”