The International Council of Ophthalmology agreed to the creation of an International Glaucoma Committee, which should have a limited number of members, 40 at a maximum. This committee will hold a closed meeting every 4 years on the occasion of the International Congress of Ophthalmology and will report to the International Council on the practical and clinical advances in glaucoma detection and treatment. This report will be published in the proceedings of the International Congress. The committee will advise and direct the activities of the International Glaucoma Society, which will hold a glaucoma symposion prior to each International Congress of Oph thalmology and which will be open to anyone interested in glaucoma. This is now the first meeting of the committee. W hen I look at the program and the names of the speakers, I am convinced that it will be very fruitful. This is my most sincere wish. I should like to thank very warmly Prof. Leydhecker for preparing the organization of this group and the scientific program and Prof. Mishima, Prof. Kitazawa, and all of their staff for having so beautifully organized this symposion, which will be very successful, and for having received us with such generous hospitality. I am very grateful to each of the members of the International Glaucoma Committee and to each of our Japanese friends involved in this symposion.