Chemistry and Developing Countries

Proceedings of a Conference, London, April 1991

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The Changing Political and Economic Climate: The Need for New Initiatives

The present rapid changes in the economic and political climate, the emergence of environmental considerations and the search for more efficient natural resource management are prompting changes in development activities, as evidenced by the Brundtland report 'Our Common Future', the establishment of an environment department in the World Bank, and the discussions within OECD's Development Assistance Committee on The Role of Science and Technology in Development Cooperation with the Less-Advanced Developing Countries in the 1990s' (see section 2.2). There are, however, severe constraints on incorporating scientific knowledge into appropriate development policies and operations. This adds to the economic problems of development and reduces our ability to tackle the poverty and debt crisis afflicting large groups around the world.


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