State of the Future


State of the Future

Infobox Journal
title = State of the Future
editor = Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon
discipline = Futures studies
language = English
publisher = World Federation of United Nations Associations
frequency = Yearly
history = 1997 to present

The "State of the Future" is a yearly report published by the American Council of the United Nations University from 1997 to 2007 and from 2008 on under the auspices of the World Federation of UN Associations to summarize the results of their research and studies under the Millennium Project. Primary authors are generally Jerome C. Glenn, Director, and Theodore J. Gordon, Senior Research Fellow.

15 Global Challenges

"15 Global Challenges" have been defined and tracked since 1997 in the reports. The challenges were defined by the Project's Global Outlook Panel through modified Delphi method questionnaires, and are updated annually. The material exists in several languages and the inputs have come from the project's thirty-two nodes around the world. The descriptions of each challenge include a review of the current state of affairs, approaches to address the challenge, and regional perspectives. Short summaries of these are available at: http://www.millennium-project.org/millennium/challeng.html

# How can sustainable development be achieved for all?
# How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?
# How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?
# How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?
# How can policymaking be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?
# How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?
# How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor?
# How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?
# How can the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change?
# How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?
# How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?
# How can transnational organized crime networks be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?
# How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?
# How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?
# How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?

Issues

*"1997: Implications for Actions Today", ISBN 0965736202
*"1998: Issues and Opportunities", ISBN 0965736210
*"1999: Challenges We Face at the Millennium", ISBN 0965736245
*"State of the Future at the Millennium", ISBN 0965736261
*"2001", ISBN 0965736288
*"2002", ISBN 0965736296
*"2003", ISBN 0972205101
*"2004", ISBN 0972205128
*"2005", ISBN 0972205144
*"2006", ISBN 0972205152
*"2007", ISBN 0972205160

ee Also

* Global Prescience

External links

* [http://www.millennium-project.org/ The Millennium Project website]
* [http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2004.html 2004 State of the Future] , official site.
* [http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2005.html 2005 State of the Future] , official site.
* [http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2006.html 2006 State of the Future] , official site.
* [http://www.acunu.org/millennium/sof2007.html 2007 State of the Future] , official site.


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