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By Klaus Hüfner (auth.), Klaus Hüfner (eds.)

The fiftieth anniversary of the United countries enterprise is honored in 1995. The UN emerged on the finish of the main bloody struggle within the background of up to date civilization and it really is comprehensible that its founding fathers have been involved initially with the necessity "to store succeeding gen­ erations from the scourge of war." This nice ancient venture of the recent foreign corporation was firm and designed by way of the allied powers that had gained the battle opposed to the "enemy states." Cooperation of the perma­ nent participants of the UN defense Council was once the elemental section of the effi­ ciency of publish -war method of foreign peace and safety. except this major project, the founding fathers of the United international locations declared their selection "to reaffirm religion in basic human rights, within the dignity and value of the human individual, within the equivalent rights of fellows and ladies and of countries huge and small, and to set up stipulations below which justice and appreciate for the duties coming up from treaties and different assets of overseas legislation could be maintained, and to advertise social prog­ ress and higher criteria of lifestyles in higher freedom" (preamble, UN Charter).

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Urquhart notes that the approach to Charter Article 43 initially produced a projected force grander by far than that now proposed, at least as Article 43 was originally contemplated by the United States. But a standing force of individual volunteers whose command remained responsible indirectly to the Security Council would, whatever the modesty of its size, constitute a potent innovation. The volunteer status of individual participants might alleviate constitutional difficulties encountered by some states in assigning national contingents overseas.

2. Globalism The globalization of development processes is regarded as a qualitatively new stage in the internationalization of economic activity, which has been in progress for several decades, and the emergence of international economic interdependencies. For globalization means not only a deepening of international economic links and interdependencies but also the appearance of development problems whose solution is impossible unless attacked on a global scale. A typical example is the depletion of our planet's resources or 2 This concept has been elaborated in: Naisbitt, John: Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our lives.

Warsaw: Centre for International Comparative Studies, 1992 (Working PaperslWorid Economy Research Institute, 66). 51 the degradation of mankind's natural environment. It is now quite obvious that the climatic effects of the disturbance of ecological balance or the changes in the state of air, water and farmland caused by pollution cannot be effectively combatted at a local or regional level and that their intensification calls for action of a global compass. The once perfectly adequate formula "think globally, act locally" will no longer do: acting locally with a mind to global repercussions is not enough; it is now global action that is urgently needed to overcome local difficulties.

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