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Burning the Bridge to the 21st Century: The End of the Era of Integrated Conferences

In June 2003, the United Nations General Assembly voted to end the automatic five-year review of UN conferences, moving instead to a system in which both the format and timing of these conferences will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The rationale is that these large events should be more strategic and less routine. It remains to be seen whether this significant change will increase the conferences’ efficiency and effectiveness, or instead make them more likely to be held hostage to the prevailing political winds.

ECSP Report 9: Reviews (Part 4)

Experts review new publications (Part 4):

The World’s Water 2002-2003: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources, by Peter Gleick, et al. (2002). Reviewed by Baruch Boxer.

State of World Population 2002: People, Poverty and Possibilities, by the UN Population Fund (2002). Reviewed by Tom Merrick.

Six Billion Plus: Population Issues in the Twenty-First Century, by K. Bruce Newbold (2002). Reviewed by Joseph Winchester Brown.

ECSP Report 9: Official Statements

Excerpts from recent official statements that prominently cite environment, population, health, and human security issues in the context of national and security interests. Featuring Kofi Annan, Andrew S. Natsios, Thorya Ahmed Abaid, Peter Piot, Colin L. Powell, Klaus Toepfer, James D. Wolfensohn, and Stephen Lewis.

Commentary: What Is To Be Done At Johannesburg?

Marking the ten-year anniversary of the historic 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa has been viewed throughout its preparations with both great hope and pessimism. Some analysts, activists, and policymakers think the Summit is the last best chance for the world to balance the three pillars (economic, social, and environmental) of sustainable development. Others are looking past Johannesburg altogether, skeptical that it can accomplish much.

The U.S. National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2015: Excerpts, Commentaries, and Response

In January 2001, the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), a center within the Central Intelligence Agency that provides the agency’s director with mid- and long-term strategic thinking and direction, published Global Trends 2015: A Dialogue About the Future with Nongovernmental Experts. This unclassified and public report, which expanded on the NIC’s previous effort Global Trends 2010, takes a look at the world over the next 15 years from the perspective of the national security policymaker.

ECSP Report 5: Official Statements

Excerpts from recent official statements in which environment and population issues are prominently cited in the context of security and national interests.

U.S. Population Policy Since the Cairo Conference

The International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in September 1994, forged a broad new consensus on the international community’s approach to population issues. Over three years after the conference, it is timely to explore the U.S. response to the conference and to the challenges posed by the new consensus.

ECSP Report 4: Official Statements and New Publications

Excerpts from recent official statements in which environmental issues are cited in the context of security institutions and national interests, and reviews by experts of new publications.

Reviews include:

ECSP Report 4: Update and Resources

This update section highlights the environment, population, and security activities of foundations, nongovernmental organizations,  academic programs, and government offices, and includes a list of Internet sites and forums which may facilitate research and policy efforts.

Unpackaging the Environment

The time has come to unpackage the environment. In the three and a half decades since environmental problems first began to command public attention, they have moved from the periphery to stage center. No longer discussed only at gatherings of the converted, environmental issues are part of centrist political campaigns, the subject of major international conferences, a factor in trade negotiations and an element in the strategic plans of multinational corporations. While this attention has led to some notable successes, actions have fallen well short of needs.