Themes: Our Creativy Diversity
A new global ethics
A commitment to pluralism
Challenges of a media-rich world
recasting cultural policies
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Why we need a global ethics
Culture in search of a global ethics
Sources of a global ethics
The main elements of a global ethics
Global ethics in global governance
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To whom it may concern

A new global ethics
The role of a global ethics

The principles and basic ideas of a global ethics furnish the minimal standards any political community should observe. The Commission thinks it unwise to go further and spell out a comprehensive image of the good polity. Peoples have always differed in their political visions. Influenced by their cultural heritage and historical experience they often have different views about what further values their society should uphold and what specific projects it should pursue. Expressly acknowledging such diversity, a global ethics provides the minimal requirements any government and people must meet but otherwise leaves scope for political creativity, social imagination and cultural pluralism.

Confining a global ethics to certain basic principles and criteria also reflects an awareness that societies do not, need not and cannot follow identical development patterns and development styles. While insisting on a number of fundamental normative standards, a global ethics abstains from committing societies to only one and the same path on which to advance. The modernization of the West need not be the model to be copied by all societies.

Why we need a global ethics
Culture in search of a global ethics
Sources of a global ethics
The main elements of a global ethics
Global ethics in global governance
pijltje.gif (895 bytes) The role of a global ethics
To whom it may concern

pijltje_beneden.gif (179 bytes) A new global ethics
Introduction
Summary
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pijltje.gif (179 bytes) A commitment to pluralism
pijltje.gif (179 bytes) Challenges of a media-rich world
pijltje.gif (179 bytes) Recasting cultural policies
General introduction
General summary
Review
Background Intergovernmental conference on Cultural Policies for Development
our creative diversity