Letter to Secretary General U Thant at the Second United Nations World Population Conference in Belgrade.
My Dear Mr. Secretary General:
The United States Government recognizes the singular importance of the meeting of the second United Nations World Population Conference and pledges its full support to your great undertaking.
As I said to the United Nations in San Francisco, we must now begin to face forthrightly the multiplying problems of our multiplying population. Our government assures your conference of our wholehearted support to the United Nations and its agencies in their efforts to achieve a better world through bringing into balance the world's resources and the world's population.
In extending my best wishes for the success of your conference, it is my fervent hope that your great assemblage of population experts will contribute significantly to the knowledge necessary to solve this transcendent problem. Second only to the search for peace, it is humanity's greatest challenge. This week, the meeting in Belgrade carries with it the hopes of mankind.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[His Excellency U Thant, Secretary General of the United Nations]
Lyndon B. Johnson, Letter to Secretary General U Thant at the Second United Nations World Population Conference in Belgrade. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/240787