The second United Nations World Data Forum launched a Dubai Declaration to increase financing for better data and statistics for sustainable development. Dubai Declaration includes detailed measures to boost funding for data and statistical analysis for monitoring and speeding up progress towards the 2030 SDGs. It aimed towards mobilising domestic and international funds and activating more effective data partnerships. It acknowledged that in the 2030 agenda Member States committed to “promote transparent and accountable public-private cooperation to exploit the contribution to be made by a wide range of data, including earth observation and geospatial information, while ensuring national ownership in supporting and tracking progress”.
I have some good news and some bad news regarding the climate emergency. I will start with the good news. The world, as a small number of people have been saying lately, will not end in 11 years. The bad news however is that around the year 2030, if we continue with business as usual, we will likely be in a position where we may pass a number of tipping points. And then we might no longer be able to undo the irreversible climate breakdown. A lot of people, a lot of politicians, business leaders, journalists say they don't agree with what we are saying. They say we children are exaggerating, that we are alarmists. To answer this I would like to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the latest IPCC report...
What is the most important thing in the world, on the planet? The most important thing is to preserve it, save nature and survive ourselves, in order to continue development. The world has become very compact, close-knit and comfortable. It is also very toxic, sometimes poisoned. It has become extremely fragile; we are just one step away from self-destruction and the destruction of all living things. The name of today's universal danger threatening both the beggar and the king is global problems. Without exaggeration, we can say that they are all tied to one thing – a human, their behavior, conscience, and morality. Today, the achievements of scientific and technological progress are such that all the technological, material and financial aspects of global problems can be solved.
The warmer the climate is in the Arctic, the cooler the relations are between the northern countries. It took a third of the last century for the Arctic Ocean’s ice cover to shrink by one third. The natural wealth of the Arctic water area has become more accessible, and international cooperation in this region has turned into rivalry. There is something to fight for, indeed. According to official data of the United States Geological Survey, almost a quarter of the world's hydrocarbon resources are concentrated in the depths of the Arctic: 90 billion barrels of oil, more than 48 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of gas condensate. And since there is no single international treaty defining the legal status of the Arctic, several nations have already claimed the right to the exclusive possession of promising territories.
Man is the crown of the Universe, created in the image and likeness of the highest perfection, to be commanded by Mother Nature. However, now another definition of man is more popular - an aggressive parasite that has flooded this beautiful planet. Both statements are indisputable and have already spawned quite a few scientifically grounded concepts, populist theories, and even programs of urgent measures and concrete actions. It is enough to recall famous scholarly works, elite club reports and resolutions of the international communities about the ‘golden billion’. It is mortally dangerous for the Earth to expand this privileged section the world’s population...
It is an impossible task for any single state to try and save the Earth for future generations alone. Over the recent decades, the existing international associations have not been effective in this domain either. All too often their activity has caused criticism for discrediting objective integration processes, among other things. The United Nations Organization, to which 193 governments have delegated their representatives, clearly needs serious modernization. Independent experts, while noting 70 years of UN contribution to maintaining the world order on the planet, highlight serious shortcomings in the organization’s work.
Finally, the year 2018 is going to end. Last few months have been very eventful. Lots of Planetary Concerns which have been highlighted in our portal www.planetaryproject.com have been discussed in the G-20 summit and the COP24 in Poland recently in December this year. This year’s G-20 meeting was important because it preceded the COP24 climate change conference taking place in Katowice, Poland from 3 December, at which the “Work Program” or rule book of the 2015 Paris Agreement – when practically all countries signed up to a pledge to ensure global temperatures do not rise by more than 2 degrees before the end of this century – is expected to be agreed.
Human reason is the main driver of contemporary civilization. The world owes it today’s progress. A lack of reason may lead the world to its death tomorrow. On the threshold of the sixth techno-economic paradigm, scientists forecast a great change in the human worldview. In the epoch of cybernetics, computer science and nanotechnologies, reason is the main driver of the future civilization. Only a collective, spiritually universal and rational reason can effectively manage the development of society. Otherwise, the danger of self-destruction and planetary catastrophe is too high...
One of the innovative proposals of the Planetary Project is to consider people as an integral and essential part the Earth’s resources. Space, atmospheric space, water, land, subsoil, the biosphere and, of course, the human mind ensure that our civilization continues to develop. At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual potential from an auxiliary factor of production turned into a leading productive force. Currently, all spheres of life in modern society are governed by it.
The world has learned from anti-globalists that it is global. Transnational business, joint financial resources, the planetary systems of information and communications, international scientific projects, and political unions without boundaries and cordons are the objective reality. They are the current level of the development of civilization. However, today, public opinion on these processes is formed by political technologies and the populists of protesting rather than independent scientists and experts. This has resulted in a mass trendy international social and political movement...