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This is the introductory chapter of the book Towards New Global Strategies: Public Goods and Human Rights. The book talks about global public goods and human rights. Public goods are a necessary supplement to the free market economy. Public goods consist of “common goods” - goods that the market economy is unable to procure or maintain, but which are still desirable from the majority’s point of view as well as for society’s economy viewed in its entirety. In Denmark, in the autumn of 2002, the Danish Council for International Development Cooperation (Danida) formed three working groups with the mandate to analyze global public goods and their relationship to human rights, trade and health and report the results to the council meeting in May, 2003. Subsequently, the Danish Institute for Human Rights decided to analyze the problems surrounding global public goods further.

Keywords: Danida; free market economy; global public goods; human rights; trade



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