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I. AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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.