oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Prospects for the realisation of the New International Economic Order: an African perspective

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



International concern in solving the growing and complex problems of development has assumed unprecedented proportions during the last three decades. Within and outside of the United Nations, a number of world-wide conferences have been held.The recurring theme in all these fora centred on development. Many of the issues discussed related mainly to economic relations between the developed and the developing countries, on such matters as international trade and commodities, monetary problems, technology, aid, etc. Issues of development, raw materials and trade were further discussed in two special sessions, and at the twenty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly, as well as within the non-aligned bloc.The most fundamental issue centred on the continuing validity of the present world economic system. The existing system has dominated the world since the colonial and economic expansion of Western European countries more than a century ago.

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