Cooperation for Economic and Social Progress

  • Peter R. Baehr
  • Leon Gordenker

Abstract

Far more time, effort and money in the UN system go into cooperation to promote economic and social progress than into any other endeavor. More than 80 percent of the personnel of the global agencies, including the United Nations itself, work on issues concerning a higher level of general welfare for the world’s people. A huge list of programs covers practically every human preoccupation from the condition of the world environment down to better methods of drying dishes in outdoor tropical kitchens. The vast scope of these programs has generated an organizational tangle so complex that, some observers have concluded, it is beyond either understanding or management. Yet all of it is intended to contribute, and arguably to some extent does, to ‘…the creation of conditions of stability and well-being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly relations among nations…’ (Art. 55, UN Charter) If so, its slow, long-term course contrasts sharply with the crisis atmosphere of the conflicts taken up in the Security Council, but the issues may be no less important to the future of mankind.

Keywords

Sugar Migration Dioxide Europe Petroleum 

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© Peter R. Baehr and Leon Gordenker 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. Baehr
    • 1
  • Leon Gordenker
    • 2
  1. 1.HeemstedeNetherlands
  2. 2.PrincetonUSA

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