Whereas six diseases -- measles, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, tuberculosis and polio -- each year ravage the children of the world, killing some 5 million and leaving an equal number disabled;
Whereas the medical technology now exists to immunize the world's children against these diseases at an estimated cost of $5 per child -- a total cost of $500 million for the 100 million children born in the developing countries each year;
Whereas medical studies estimate that such immunization could reduce child mortality around the world by as much as one-half;
Whereas reduced child mortality is crucial to attaining levels of economic development associated with reduced population growth;
Whereas in the 1960s and 1970s the United States and the Soviet Union cooperated effectively together and with other nations in a United Nations program which, by 1980, ended the scourge of smallpox. . . ;
*the United States and the Soviet Union should immediately undertake a formal commitment to initiate, using their own resources and those of other donors and appropriate multilateral agencies, a joint effort to bring the benefits of immunization to all children of the world by the year 1990;
*this joint effort should be accompanied by the initiation of studies to anticipate the demographic effects of such increased immunization;
*this joint world immunization effort should be undertaken in a spirit of common dedication to a transcending humanitarian purpose, and with the practical hope that such constructive collaboration may also serve as a model for further superpower cooperation.