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All these new challenges are bringing together about the biggest restructuring weve ever seen not just of the global economy but global order as a whole. And two hundred years ago, a famous British foreign secretary said that the new world had been called into existence to address the balance of the old. In 1989 another world war ended dominated by the cold war and people talked then in 1990 of the new world order. What they meant then was a new political order. And what was not foreseen then but is obvious now, from everything that we see and do, what we experience every day of our life is the sheer scale and speed and scope of globalization. And its only now that we can begin to understand that the world order that globalization brings and what its going to look like. Its driven forward now not just by the balance of military strengths, the cold war times or ordinary political power. Its being driven forward by a seismic shift in economic power that we see around us.
But what does the new world order mean for countries like ours who are looking to succeed? I suggest t that the countries that are going to succeed are those that combine flexibility, free trade, open markets, with proper stewardship of the environment and investment in education, infrastructure and innovation. And the question for us is how we meet and master all these challenges to ensure Britain enhances its competitiveness in the process and realizes what I believe is our destiny of success in this new world order.
So, in conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, a new world is emerging. It is a new world order with significantly different and radically new challenges for the future.
Gordon Brown says we need a new world order to save the earth.