This chapter is based on the recognition that social development is inseparable from the economic, political, ecological and cultural environment in which it takes place.
A. A FAVOURABLE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT: The actions outlined in this section are structured around the following themes: the promotion of mutually reinforcing growth in trade, employment and incomes as a basis for social development; ensuring that the benefits of global growth are more evenly distributed among countries; giving priority to the needs of Africa and the least developed countries, within the framework of support to developing countries; making economic growth and the interplay of market forces more conducive to social development; and ensuring that fiscal systems and other public policies do not generate socially divisive disparities.
B. AN ENABLING POLITICAL AND LEGAL ENVIRONMENT: The actions outlined in this section are structured around the following themes: ensuring that the political framework supports the objectives of social development; promotion and protection of the rights of individuals; fostering an open political and economic system through access by all to knowledge, education and information; and international support for national efforts to promote an enabling political and legal environment.