is New in This Year’s Report
1. Combination of a short
version in print and more detailed 1000-page version on CD-ROM.
2. Regional perspectives
on the global challenges - distilled overviews of the challenges with highlights
from the regional perspectives are in this print version, while richer,
more detailed regional perspectives on the updated challenges, with actions
to address each, are on the accompanying CD-ROM.
3. Indicators to measure progress on the challenges, which were rated the most useful, are in this book, while all the indicators and discussions are on the CD-ROM.
4. “Meta Strategies” abstracted
from the hundreds of actions suggested to address the challenges.
5. Identification and assessment
of factors that might affect the next thousand years; a range of views
about the possible trajectories of these long-range factors are detailed
on the CD-ROM, along with a discussion of the value of such an exercise.
6. Six very long-range
scenarios based on the factors and trajectories are in this print edition,
and an additional five suggested scenarios and comments on the factors
and the scenarios are included on the CD-ROM.
7. A distilled version
of the Millennium Project’s study on environmental security and the United
Nations appears here as Chapter 5, with more detailed analysis plus environmental
security threats with related international agreements and organizations
on the CD-ROM.
8. The book offers 26 ways
to make early warnings more effective in decisionmaking, with detailed
discussions and case studies on the CD-ROM.
9. The CD-ROM contains
54 additional annotated scenarios and/or scenario sets to the 350 annotations
in last year’s book, for a total of over 400.
The authors: Jerome C. Glenn and Theodore J. Gordon are co-directors of the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University () since 1995. Glenn has been the executive director of the since 1988 providing the point of contact between the United States and the UNU, the primary academic research system of the United Nations. He has 30 years experience in futures research for various think tanks and was deputy director for PfP International in micro-enterprise development in the Third World. Gordon has 40 years experience in futures research, founded The Futures Group, co-founded the Institute for the Future, and was an early pioneer with the RAND Corporation’s Delphi studies.