Learn more about the important issues and challenges happening in the world with the Web and book resources in this section. Also refer to the Global Issues Learning Resources area of our Global Action Corner.
The Christian Science Monitor - The Christian Science Monitor is an award-winning international news organization that covers news and feature stories from every corner of the globe. Founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the Monitor publishes news around-the-clock on the Web at CSMonitor.com, once a week in print, and daily via an email news briefing. With eight foreign bureaus and eight more in the United States—as well as the resources and expertise of dozens of additional journalists worldwide—the Boston-based Monitor provides a comprehensive overview of international and national news and events.
The Global Canopy Programme - The Global Canopy Programme is an alliance of 37 scientific institutions in 19 countries, which lead the world in forest canopy research, education and conservation. Their work programmes all aim to define and explore the range and economic value of forest ecosystem services and to share their findings with decision-makers in Government and finance. Time is not on our side as the conversion of ancient forests proceeds apace worldwide. Policy and positive incentive mechanisms based on sound science must urgently be developed to preserve these vital forest utilities for humanity.
The Global Carbon Project - The Global Carbon Project assists the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed upon knowledge base supporting policy debate and action to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Global Carbon Project is responding to this challenge through a shared partnership between the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and Diversitas. This partnership constitutes the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP).
The Millennium Project - The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. In 2005, the independent advisory body headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, presented its final recommendations to the Secretary-General in a synthesis volume Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The bulk of the Project's work was carried out by 10 thematic Task Forces, each of which also presented its own detailed recommendations in January 2005. The Task Forces comprised a total of more than 250 experts from around the world including: researchers and scientists; policymakers; representatives of NGOs, UN agencies, the World Bank, IMF and the private sector.
Peopleandplanet.net - Peopleandplanet.net provides a global review and Internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It operates on the belief that people, their consumption, their technologies and their numbers, interact with the environment of our planet in ways which need to be explored—and that a path needs to be traced towards a sustainable future for healthy people living in a healthy world. The work of Peopleandplanet.net reflects the independence and authority of their five major sponsors and associated non-governmental organizations: the United Nations Population Fund, the World Conservation Union, the World Wide Fund for Nature International, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Swedish Development Co-operation Agency.
Population Reference Bureau - The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about issues related to population, health, and the environment. To do this, they transform technical data and research into accurate, easy-to-understand information. Utilizing innovative tools like PRB's wallcharts, including the World Population Data Sheet and the Map of Persistent Child Poverty in the U.S., which are searchable via their DataFinder Web tool, PRB makes accurate demographic information accessible to a wide audience. In addition, PRB's Web site offers full text of all PRB publications, including their respected Population Bulletins and Web-exclusive data and analysis on world issues ranging from aging to family planning. Their Center for Public Information on Population Research puts new population research findings into context for journalists and policymakers. PRB empowers people—researchers, journalists, policymakers, and educators—to use information about population, health, and the environment to encourage action.
The Working Group on Extreme Inequality - The Working Group on Extreme Inequality organizes against poverty and economic insecurity. They work to both “raise the floor” and challenge the concentrated wealth and power that increasingly sit at the top of our economic ladder. Based at the Institute for Policy Studies, they reach out to different constituencies, generate educational materials, and promote public policies to slim grand accumulations of private wealth. Their work revolves around 1) Mobilization: engaging labor, religious, civic, and business groups concerned about poverty and unequal opportunity in dialogue about the importance of confronting the dangers that concentrated wealth and power increasingly engender 2) Education: talking with the wider public about these dangers—and the need for public policies that encourage the dispersal of wealth. Through research, reports, publications, media work, public forums, and popular education workshops, they reach broad and diverse audiences, and 3) Advocacy: building support for public policies that can address the concentration of wealth and, at the same time, raise badly needed revenue for social investments that foster real economic opportunity. They host legislative forums, provide support for Congressional hearings, and publish fact sheets and other informational materials.
The World Health Organization: World Health Report - The World Health Report, first published in 1995, is the World Health Organization's leading publication. Each year the report combines an expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on a specific subject. The main purpose of the report is to provide countries, donor agencies, international organizations and others with the information they need to help them make policy and funding decisions. The report is also offered to a wider audience, from universities, teaching hospitals and schools, to journalists and the public at large—anyone, in fact, with a professional or personal interest in international health issues.
WorldWatch Institute - The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.
Worldwatch has catalyzed effective environmental decision making since 1974. The Institute's interdisciplinary research is based on the best available science and focuses on the challenges that climate change, resource degradation, and population growth pose for meeting human needs in the 21st century. Worldwatch seeks innovative solutions to intractable problems—emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.