The Programme of the Club of Romeon A New Path for World Development
The global issues which were the focus of the 1972 Report,
are even more severe and urgent today. At its 40th Anniver-sary Assembly in June 2008, the Club launched a three year, integrat-ed programme of international research and consultation on the topic:
“A New Path for World Development”
.The Programme now complements the ongoing, worldwide activitiesof the Club and, using the potential of the internet to engage its Mem-bers, its 33 National Associations and its European Support Centretogether with experts and institutions across the world in an
approach. In this way, it mobilises and focuses the bestbrains available on the critical issues which will determine the future ofhumanity and of the planet.
The research strategy and content are outlined at www.clubofrome.org.
The present path of world development is generat-ing imbalances, vulnerabilities, inequities, exclusionand polarization which constitute clear threats tothe prospects of both present and future genera-tions.The Programme draws on the independent,multicultural and interdisciplinary membership of the Club to clarify the key elements of a new pathfor world development. It will propose new lines of thinking and action which are urgently needed to:avert the risks and consequences of catastrophicclimate change; reduce the devastating impactsof human activities on ecosystems and environ-ment and the overuse of the biological and physi-cal resources of the planet; achieve more fairnessin the distribution of vital resources and opportuni-ties and of the costs and beneﬁts of globalisation;accelerate global efforts to eradicate poverty anddeprivation of a growing world population; adaptand reform the structure of international institutionsto address the integrated problems of a world inrapid transformation; and broadly, to achieve equi-table and sustainable world development and thuspreserve international security and world peace.In order to manage the complexity of such an ex-tensive
, the programme strategyfocuses successively on ﬁve clusters of inter-connected issues while recognizing the linkagesbetween the clusters. In each case, a small ex-pert conference develops proposals for actionand identiﬁes issues for in-depth analysis throughinternet-based, international research networks. The ﬁve clusters are:
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