The 15 Global Challenges

The Millennium Project was initiated in 1996. Until now, it has comprised the work of 2500 futurists, scholars, decision makers and business planners from over 50 countries. The project has nodes in 30 countries. The Millennium Project publishes the annual State of the Future Report (SOF) [36]. The SOF identifies and deals in detail with the fifteen major global challenges for humanity (Fig. 5.1), and provides an action plan for the world.

The 15 global challenges identified by the Millennium Project are:

1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all while addressing global climate change?

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 microorganisms 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?

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Fig. 5.1 15 Global challenges facing humanity as identified by the millennium project. Source: http://www.millennium-project.org/millennium/images/15-GC.jpg (last accessed 4 October 2011)

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?

Green Nanotribology with all its beneficial consequences is of specific relevance for Global Challenge 13 (Energy) and Global Challenge 14 (Science and Technology).

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Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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