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02 June, 2000
The requirement of progressive governance, one of the oldest in philosophical thinking, is now addressed at a global level and should aim to promote the synthesis of ideas and prevent conflict that may arise as a result of the trends of globalization, Prime Minister Costas Simitis has said.
"Progressive governance in the 21st century aims, in the final analysis, to maximize the preconditions for human prosperity. In this search, globalization may work either as an obstacle -rendering the attainment of the goal much more difficult- or as a tool -allowing more people and more ideas to contribute. We may face conflict of cultures or ensure a fruitful synthesis of ideas.
The mission of progressive governance is to secure the latter option: The prevalence of the synthesis of ideas," he said in his contribution to the two-day conference of 14 executive heads of Center-Left governments on "Progressive Governance in the 21st Century," opening in Berlin on Friday.
The process involves converting the hard challenges into opportunities in order to maintain social cohesion, political stability and understanding, Simitis said.
The participants in the conference are the heads of government of Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, USA, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Chile. The common denominator of the 14 governments is their wish to promote programs of reform based on the permanent values of the Center-Left.
They also aim to establish a regular exchange of views and experiences at top level, but also promote close consultations between experts, with a view to locating tested solutions that may prove useful tools elsewhere.
Discussions will center on the promotion of prosperity, the strengthening of civil society and boosting of international cooperation in the context of the common principles of democracy, solidarity and equality of opportunity.
Source: Athens News Agency