rom sharing global resources to sharing global humanity, Jean-François Rischard presents his list. How can we solve these issues in the next 20 years?

 Twenty Global Issues, Twenty Years to Solve Them

Sharing our planet: Issues involving the global commons

Global warming

Biodiversity and ecosystem losses

Fisheries depletion


Water deficits

Maritime safety and pollution

Sharing our humanity: Issues requiring global commitment

Massive step-up in the fight against poverty

Peacekeeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism

Education for all

Global infectious diseases

Digital divide

Natural disaster prevention and mitigation

Sharing our rule book: Issues needing a global regulatory approach

Reinventing taxation for the 21st century

Biotechnology rules

Global financial architecture

Illegal drugs

Trade, investment and competition rules

Intellectual property rights

E-commerce rules

International labor and migration rules

High Noon: 20 Global Problems – 20 Years to Solve Them

Author: Jean François Rischard,  (Published: Basic Books 2002)

An acclaimed economist challenges us to solve the problems of the twenty-first century with a new kind of global governance. In this ambitious, challenging, yet superbly readable book, Jean-François Rischard first tells us what constitutes a "global" problem and then offers a brief overview of the twenty most important. He finds they all have two things in common: They're getting worse, not better, and the standard strategies for dealing with them, such as international treaties, are woefully inadequate to the task.

The chief problem is that in our high-population, fast-moving, globalized and interconnected world, we don't have an effective way of addressing the problems that such a world creates. Our difficulties belong to the present and the future, but our means of solving them belong to the past. Rischard proposes a new institution for global governance that would be recognized and supported by governments but would function as extra-governmental bodies devoted to particular problems.

The powers of these "global issues networks" would not be legal but normative: They would monitor compliance with various globally recognized standards and would single out the nations and organizations that were not co-operating. Anyone who has eaten a can of "dolphin-safe" tuna knows how powerful, in a market-driven world, the pressure to comply with such standards can be. No book has ever presented such a clear and unified appraisal of global problems or offered such a consistent and well-defined approach to solving them. High Noon will be an agenda-setting book of interest across the political spectrum.


High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them

By Jean-François Rischard

The next twenty years will be of critical importance to our planet, argues World Bank economist Jean-François Rischard. How global problems are resolved over these years will determine the fate of our planet for the next generations. In this chart, reprinted from his book, High Noon, Mr. Rischard points out the twenty most pressing issues facing the global community.

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