The world is characterised as an 'integrated excluded' divide whereby 20% of the world's population exist in a comparatively close economic, technological and knowledge integrated sphere, the poorer 80% are excluded. This condition,in a globally interactive world, necessarily induces much local suffering and deprivation but also compromises the plant's future as a whole. The necessity, therefore, is to institute a whole range of mechanisms which permit human resource development, much greater knowledge transfer, technology transfer, mutual cooperative interaction and encourage a proactive stance to future world problems.
Encouraging local and regional capability would permit maintenance of a cultural heterogenity, necessary for the healthy future development of society. Physical and environmental sustainability predicated upon social sustainability, stability and security. This necessarily implies the need of a much more equitable world and local and regional capability to satisfy its local community and population. An enormous amount could be achieved by a much fuller diffusion of existing scientific and technological knowledge across the world community in order both to satisfy basic needs of sustenance, health and shelter, and, by the creation of new structures and approaches to the provision of infrastructure, such as energy systems, transport systems which will be more sustainable then present systems. This must be undertaken within a wider socioeconomic adjustment framework, which constitutes the deeper substance of obstacles and barriers to achieving a globally sustainable society.
Partocular areas which should be examined include: attempts to convene a new Bretton Woods Agenda: most especially in relation to the new techno-economic paradigm in which international trade occurs and in relation to the global environmental dilemmas which the world faces; an enormous commitment to global human resource development through a range of international collaborat ive endeavours; specific programmes geared to a radical improvement in knowledge and technology transfer and the subsequent development of indigenous capacity in less developed regions; an EC science and technology programme which in all areas seeks to relate its areas of research and development and study to issues of global sustainable development; strengthening of the presently embrionic EC Technology Assessment Agencies both as essential internal advisory bodies and as a contribution to global problems, especially in developing regions; creation of proactive international academic, industrial and research programmes which mutually involve 'North' and 'South' in the formulation and exploration of new strategic pathways to global sustainable development.