Millennium Project

Invitation to update and improve the
Global Challenges Facing Humanity
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The Millennium Project is continuously updating and improving the 15 Global Challenges published in the annual State of the Future. The short description of the challenges appears in the print version, while a detailed, more complex one is on the CD-ROM that comes with the report. On the CD-ROM, for each challenge there are also detailed regional views, actions to address the challenge and indicators to measure progress on the challenge.

You are invited to add your comments on the text of the challenges. No attributions will be made, so your comments are "off the record," but you would be listed in the appendix of the report with the other reviewers from around the world.

From the list below please select and click on the challenge(s) in which you are interested. Each short version of the challenges have been put into "review forms" with four parts:

1. A very short overview of the challenge
2. A range of approaches to address it
3. Regional views
4. A graph to illustrate change on the challenge

Please give your updates or improvements to the challenges about which you are most expert or have fresh thoughts to contribute. Please suggest additional views which you believe are more important than those listed from your region. Suggestions for deletion of any of the text in favor of your suggested text are most welcome.

You can submit your edits online or if you wish to add your comments off line, please download the forms and upon completion send them to acunu@igc.org with a copy to jglenn@igc.org.

For your information, a longer, more complete version of the 15 challenges are available in the CD-ROM part of the 2006 State of the Future.

Sincerely yours,
Jerome C. Glenn, Director
Millennium Project


15 Global Challenges

1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all?

2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?

3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?

4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?

5. How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?

6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?

7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?

8. How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?

9. How can the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change?

10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?

11. How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?

12. How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?

13. How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?

14. How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?

15. How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?


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