By D. Whittaker
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The Security Council has become less and less fractured as the millennium approaches. The permanent members are putting their minds and their resources behind peacekeeping missions. Consensus on most issues has replaced contention and station keeping. There is a shift from expediency and peace-at-any-price to heightened awareness, to enlisting experts and consultative groups, to making use of personal contacts that have more meaning and usefulness than the photo-ops so many summits bring in train.
We had a duty to conserve these resources and save the biosphere. A wide Earth-patriotism had to replace spasms of a narrower national sort. Many of the principles of concern that had reverberated from the Charter now acquired a deliberate ‘green’ tinge. Surveys and calculation became the tools of an Earthwatch. More graphically as forests were felled, seas were choked and deserts spread inexorably, brutal options became known as Doomwatch. World conferences in Stockholm in 1972 and in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 demonstrated once again a need to search for balance.
ECOSOC, as we have seen earlier, was set up to coordinate the work of the central organisation and specialised agencies. Beginning in 1960 the General Assembly went on to establish the mission of ECOSOC through three successive Development Decades. There must be a unified approach to concrete programmes, a move to a new international order ‘based on equity, sovereign interdependence, common interest among states irrespective of their economic and social systems which would correct inequalities and redress existing injustices, and make it possible to eliminate the widening gap between developing and developed countries’.
United Nations in the Contemporary World (Making of the Contemporary World) by D. Whittaker