List of global issues
A global issue is a matter of public concern worldwide. This list of global issues presents problems or phenomena affecting people around the world, including but not limited to widespread social issues, economic issues, and environmental issues. Organizations that maintain or have published an official list of global issues include the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum.
Global catastrophic risks
Not all of these risks are independent, because the majority, if not all of them are a result of human activity.
- Biodiversity loss
- Climate change
- Destructive artificial intelligence
- Environmental disaster
- Nuclear holocaust
- current example: COVID-19 pandemic
- Biotechnology risk
- Molecular nanotechnology
United Nations list
As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) were superseded by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030), which are also known as The Global Goals. There are associated Targets and Indicators for each Global Goal.
World Economic Forum List
- Food security
- Inclusive growth
- Future of work/unemployment
- Climate change
- Financial crisis of 2007–2008
- Future of the internet/Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Gender equality
- Global trade and investment and regulatory frameworks
- Long-term investment/Investment strategy
- Future healthcare
Global environmental issues
No single issue can be analysed, treated, or isolated from the others. For example, habitat loss and climate change adversely affect biodiversity. Deforestation and pollution are direct consequences of overpopulation and both, in turn, affect biodiversity. While overpopulation locally leads to rural flight, this is more than counterbalanced by accelerating urbanization and urban sprawl. Theories like the world-system theory and the Gaia hypothesis focus on the inter-dependency aspect of environmental and economic issues. Among the most evident environmental problems are:
- Overconsumption – situation where resource use has outpaced the sustainable capacity of the ecosystem. This, along with overpopulation, are the primary factors affecting the severity of all of the rest of the issues on this list.
- Overpopulation – too many people for the planet to sustain.
- Biodiversity loss
- Global warming/climate change
- Habitat destruction
- Holocene extinction
- Ocean acidification
- Ozone depletion
- Resource depletion
- Urban sprawl
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Center for Global Food Issues
- Chicago Council on Global Affairs
- Climate change
- Developing country
- Earth Economics
- Earth system science
- Ecological footprint
- Ecological collapse
- Ecosystem collapse
- Effective altruism
- Energy crisis
- Environmental social science
- Financial crisis
- Global catastrophic risk
- Global Challenges Foundation
- Global change
- Global Goals
- Global governance
- Global health
- Global justice
- Global Rights
- Global warming controversy
- Human impact on the environment
- Human security
- Intergovernmental organization
- List of United Nations peacekeeping missions
- Liu Institute for Global Issues
- Mass surveillance
- Ozone depletion and climate change
- Peak oil
- Social justice
- Species extinction
- United Nations SDGs
- Washington consensus
- Wicked problem
- World Community Grid
- World-systems theory
- World War
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