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Efforts to formulate a new development strategy are becoming increasingly important as the world community seeks to establish a common framework for development in the post-Cold War era, Japan’s ambassador to the U.N. said July 24.

Individual elements of the new approach may not be new, but a comprehensive approach has not been mapped out yet, Hisashi Owada said at the opening of the Okinawa Conference on Development. A new strategy is necessary because development was not effectively promoted during the Cold War era when its purpose was distorted due to the ideological confrontation between East and West, said Owada, who is chairing the conference.

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