The 19th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 17-20 July, 1974 in Birmingham, England:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting in its 19th Triennial Congress at Birmingham, 17-20 July 1974.

Aware of the exploitation already being undertaken by technologically advanced nations and by private companies,

Realizing that this exploitation will widen the gap between developed and developing nations,

Concerned about the depletion in fishing stocks due to over fishing by sophisticated fishing fleets,

Calls on all participants at the Third UN Law of the Sea Conference at Caracas

  • to abide by the 1970 Declaration of Principles, which was adopted unanimously, declaring the sea-bed and ocean floor, and the subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction to be the common heritage of mankind,
  • and to be willing to sacrifice national interests for the common good in the setting up of an international regime to control the exploitation of the ocean environment and also to control the equitable distribution on a global basis of both mineral and living resources, for the benefit of all mankind.