The Search for a new World Economic Order
Most people are of the opinion that prevailing economic and social inequalities bring us face to face with a gap dividing the peoples of the world that is both intolerable and unacceptable. And there are many who demand that a more equitable sharing of burdens and benefits should form the central feature of a new and better world order.
Here we come right up against emotion-laden differences and conflicts of interest which have dogged mankind throughout its history.
Why are economic conditions and levels of progress so different from one country to another?
What have been the motivating factors in those areas of the world which today are well-established and enjoy the benefits of advanced scientific and technological development, high productivity and a high level of income per capita?
What are the factors which have kept back other areas, struggling in varying degrees with primitive pro¬ duction methods and very low income levels for all those hundreds of millions who have an existence under, subsistence levels?
An international round table was organized by Unesco in Paris last June on intellectual and cultural co-operation and the new world economic order. Two articles in this issue present some of the views expressed on this occasion.
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