On 13 May 2010, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that proposed diverse methods for prevention of NCDs and asked for a high-level UN meeting in September 2011. The efforts have begun, the problem is growing bigger, and now it is time to see what this group plans to do.
During this year’s Salzburg Trilogue, Dennis Snower gave an interview on the Global Economic Symposium’s attempt to create global identity. He concludes that global problems like climate change and the financial crisis cannot be sufficiently addressed on the national level; they require global cooperation and global solutions.
“The GES is about creating a neutral open space in which we can understand that we are a global community; in which we are prepared to take on global responsibilities and understand that as the world has become interconnected and globalized, we have become interconnected in various important ways. (…) The GES grew out of the realization that we must come together as a global community – that we are increasingly a global economy, but not a global society.”
The world is becoming more interconnected and interdependent, spurred by the forces of globalization and technological advance. This connectedness creates great opportunities (such as the benefits of knowledge diffusion) and equally great dangers (such as international terrorism and climate change). Thus the need for cooperation is growing, both among countries and among major decision makers within countries. Yet often the means to achieve such cooperation is lacking.
Butterfly Works co-designs for a better world. They are based in Amsterdam and work globally. They have developed numerous concepts which contribute to greater equality in the world, including projects on digital and mobile learning.