[Series] Abstracts of the speakers’ presentation at the Humanity Conference.
Maurice F. Strong
Senior advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the president of United Nations University for Peace
Where on Earth are we going?
During the 21st Century, we have still not found solutions to major problems such as religious conflicts, environmental pollution and overpopulation, that are threatening humankind on a global level. In the developing countries of the world, organized destruction and abuse of the natural and social environments is taking place. They are copying the model of errors of the developed countries that have created the global crisis we are now facing. However we cannot deny the right to growth to the developing countries. With resources and experience of the developed countries, we must help developing countries to have security on the basis of shared partnership for global peace.
Only a new paradigm of global cooperative governance can provide real solutions to our difficulties. Now we must re-order our priorities, and place the well being of the earth before that of individual people or states. This will require the cooperation of people all over the world. When people change, politics change. Whether or not we create an equitable global community is up to us.