GLOBAL ISSUES
OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
AND UNITED NATIONS CHALLENGES
A GUIDE TO FACTS AND VIEWS ON MAJOR OR FUTURE TRENDS

 
by Christopher Spencer
Former Senior Advisor International Organizations,
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Updated: 08 OCT 11

INTRODUCTION
GLOBAL CHALLENGES: POWER AND PRIORITY
GLOBAL ISSUES, AND UN RELEVANCE
WHY THIS COLLECTION, AND HOW TO USE IT

CONTINUING MAJOR ISSUES
CHANGE: CRITICAL GLOBAL TRENDS, PROSPECTS, THREATS
CONFLICT: EVOLUTION AND FUTURE OF COMBAT AND WEAPONS
CONFLICT: PEACEKEEPING; SANCTIONS; ARMED INTERVENTION
CONFLICT: PREVENTION; PEACEMAKING; STATE (RE)BUILDING
CRIME: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, DRUGS, CORRUPTION, ETC.
DEVELOPMENT: GLOBAL NEEDS, GOALS, ISSUES AND CONCEPTS
DISARMAMENT: WEAPONS CONTROL AND VERIFICATION ISSUES
ECONOMICS: GLOBAL STATISTICS, TRENDS, ISSUES, PROSPECTS
ECONOMICS: GLOBAL FINANCE, EXCHANGE, INVESTMENT, AID
ECONOMICS: GLOBAL TRADE AND LABOR TRENDS AND ISSUES
ENVIRONMENT: RELATED SCIENTIFIC, ECONOMIC, ENERGY TRENDS
ENVIRONMENT: INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, COOPERATION, ACCORDS
ETHNICITY-NATIONALISM: GENOCIDE, IRREDENTISM, SECESSION
GLOBALIZATION: COMMUNICATIONS; DEPENDENCE; AUTONOMY
HEALTH: GLOBAL TRENDS, POLICIES, ISSUES, ADVANCES, THREATS
HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMOCRACY; (IN)EQUALITY; (WORLD) STANDARDS
HUMANITARIAN AID: NEEDS; ISSUES; ORGANIZATIONS; OPERATIONS
INTELLIGENCE: EVOLVING ROLES, COOPERATION, MEANS, TOOLS
KNOWLEDGE: ITS PRE-EMINENT ROLE; EDUCATION; TECHNOLOGY
LEGAL ISSUES: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE, LAW, COURTS, POLICE
MOVEMENT: MIGRATION, REFUGEES, TRANSPORT, URBANIZATION
NON-STATE ACTORS: BUSINESS, MEDIA, NGO, CIVIL SOCIETY ROLES
POPULATION ISSUES: GLOBAL TRENDS; IMPLICATIONS; OPTIONS
SCIENCE: TRENDS; PROSPECTS; ETHICAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES
UN: HISTORY; STRUCTURE; RELATIONS TO REGIONAL, UN SYSTEMS
UN: REFORM AND ADAPTIVE PROPOSALS, ISSUES AND ACTIONS
WORLD CHALLENGES - SOCIAL; INDIVIDUAL; COLLECTIVE; FUTURE
WORLD CHALLENGES - MATERIAL; NATURAL; CREATED; FUTURE



 
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
1. AIDS: THIRD WORLD : 1999-2011 (FROM JUN 06, ALL UNDER D.)
(A) COST/PATENT DILEMMA; GLOBAL REACTION
(B) INFECTION RATES; SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES (PANDEMIC)
(C) MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENGES
(D) ALL POLICY ISSUES AND CONFERENCES
2. ETHNICITY: TRENDS IS ISLAMISM AND ARAB UNITY
3. ETHNICITY: HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES: GYPSIES/ROMA 1999-2011
4. GENETICS: HUMAN GENOME: DNA ISSUES INTRODUCED
5. GLOBAL STABILITY: CHINESE INTERNAL DIFFICULTIES
6. GLOBAL STRATEGIC CHALLENGE: CHINA VS TAIWAN 2005-11
7. GLOBAL STRATEGIC ISSUES: ANTIMISSILE DEFENSES, ETC.
8. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: THIRD WORLD: IMPACT: MEDIA
9. MIDEAST: DEMOCRACY-THREATS: LEBANON - SYRIA 2005-11
10. NEW IDEAS: 'ECONOMIST' TECHNOLOGY QUARTERLY 2000-11
11. TERRORISM: ISLAM-RELATED: OSAMA BIN LADEN to 11 SEP 01, +11
12. WEAPONS THREAT: NUCLEAR: NORTH KOREA 2005-11
13. WEAPONS: WMD: BIOLOGICAL THREAT/CONTROL



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