287. Memorandum From the Director of the Policy Planning Staff (Lake) to the Deputy Secretary of State (Christopher)1
Management of Population Issues within the Department of State
The attached memorandum on global population growth and related developmental assistance programs suggests the need for a catalyst in the Department. At present, there seems to be a bureaucratic and jurisdictional issue involved. Ambassador Green has ideas but no money; AID has money and is not always responsive to Ambassador Green’s ideas; and there are blurred bureaucratic lines between Ambassador Green, Mrs. Mink and Mrs. Benson. Thus, some of the key players have been inhibited from taking a strong stand and moving forward.
One effective way to proceed might be for you to call together a few of the key actors in this field including Gov. Gilligan, Under Secretary Benson, Assistant Secretary Patsy Mink, and Ambassador Green to [Page 950] discuss where we ought to go substantively in this area and to set clear responsibilities for implementing action.
Gov. Gilligan has recently written to you and the Secretary2 about integrating our population programs with other components of our development assistance. Clearly, the responsibilities will have to be defined between AID and Ambassador Green’s office, with appropriate individuals knowing what areas or initiatives should be developed and by whom.
In addition, we would need to work with Congress and with the public to develop a better awareness of the problems of population growth, of their impact on development and of the need on the part of the US to support a meaningful and sustained program of developmental assistance aimed at reducing excessive population growth rates.
You may wish to assert a more direct interest yourself. Naturally, I and my staff are ready to assist you as you deem appropriate.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Policy and Planning Staff—Office of the Director, Records of Anthony Lake, 1977–1981, Lot 82D298, Box 17, TL SENSITIVE 4/1–6/30/77. Confidential; Personal. Drafted by Blaney on June 29. A notation on the first page of the memorandum reads: “Only memo went to line for distrib.”↩
- Not found.↩
- Confidential. Drafted by Blaney on June 29.↩
- Attached but not printed at Tab 1 are NSDM 314 and “Outline of Main Analysis and Recommendations of NSSM 200 Study.” Regarding NSDM 314, see footnote 3, Document 280. NSSM 200, issued on April 24, 1974, directed the NSC Under Secretaries Committee to undertake a study on the impact of worldwide population growth. It is published as Document 113, Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume E–14, Part 1, Documents on the United Nations, 1973–1976. A summary of the NSSM 200 study is Document 118, ibid.↩
- See footnote 5, Document 263.↩