The Economic and Social Institutions: Securing a Fairer World

  • Evan Luard
  • Derek Heater


When the League of Nations seemed on the point of expiry in 1938 the Australian delegate, Stanley Bruce, had the bright idea that the best way of bringing it alive again might be to give it something else to do besides arguing ineffectually about the great-power conflicts of the day: in particular to provide it with new functions in the economic and social field. A commission was set up to consider how this might be done. In the late summer of 1939, only a few days before war broke out, this Bruce Commission delivered its report. It recommended the expansion of the existing economic and social activities of the organisation, and the establishment of a high-powered council within the League to organise this work. The coming of the war prevented the recommendations from being implemented. But when, at the conclusion of that conflict, a new organisation was established to keep the world’s peace, the main features of the report were put into effect.


Social Institution Specialise Agency Voluntary Contribution Economic Commission High Commissioner 
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Further Reading

  1. M. Hill, The United Nations System: Co-ordinating its Economic and Social Work (Cambridge, 1978).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. L. Levin, Human Rights: Questions and Answers (UNESCO, Paris, 1981).Google Scholar
  3. D. Williams, The Specialised Agencies and the United Nations: The System in Crisis (London, 1987).Google Scholar

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© Pauline Williamson and Derek Heater 1994

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  • Evan Luard
  • Derek Heater

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