Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Recent NGO Conference Looks at Challenges of a Globalized World

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Recent NGO Conference Looks at Challenges of a Globalized World

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"Meeting the Challenges of a Globalized World" was the theme of the annual non-governmental organization (NGO) Conference organized by the United Nations Department of Public information in cooperation with the NGOs. It was held at UN headquarters in New York, September 15-17, 1999, and drew 2,000 NGOs from all over the world.

Globalization means economic interdependence in which technology plays a crucial role. Global markets expand; local, national, and regional markets compete with one another. Technology speeds this process up so the change in-markets is almost instantaneous.

To economists, the distribution of wealth, income, and poverty are economic issues, not moral issues. To our profession and those to which the well being of people takes priority, world globalization has future only if it addresses the moral questions as well.

The UNDP Human Development Report (1999) sees the challenge of globalization as not to stop the expansion of global markets but to set rules and establish institutions for stronger governance-local, national, regional, and global-and to preserve the advantages of global markets and competition. …

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