Maurice F. Strong's Last Conference Speech in China (Part II)
2018/2/24 14:18:00 本站

(Editor's note: ) This is following the previous article: the last speech in China by Maurice F. Strong shared here:

Education the Key to a Sustainable World

The Core Program centered at the University itself would be developed initially on the basis of the comparative advantage offered by participating universities. This could include some of the following:


l  The history and development of the environmental and related sustainable development movements for which the extensive study of the Foreign Ministry of Sweden, “From Stockholm to Johannesburg and Beyond”, would be a principal source of reference.


l  The role of international agreements, conventions and treaties, their administration, effectiveness and prospects.


l  Climate change and measures required to deal with it for which there are many sources of expertise and commitment. A particularly important source is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and its reports.


l  Environmental governance – the role of the United Nations Environment Program, other UN organizations and agencies, the International Union for the Conservation for Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other organizations. The report of the Global Environmental Governance Project would provide an important reference document for this.


l  Each of program would require a core faculty at a partner university Institute linked closely with the centre of the WEU network which could draw on other universities and institutes to contribute to its programs and provide visiting faculty.


l  Extensive use would be made of modern ICT methods such as distant learning to provide multimedia programs and materials to, and also from, partner organizations to make WEU and related programs available to large numbers of people throughout the world, to ensure their universal accessibility.


l  An active program of research including practical experimentation will be developed together with policy research closely related to and supportive of the academic programs of the University.


l  Environment and peace – Competition for water and scarce resources has always been a major source of conflict and has now reached the point where it constitutes one of the main threats to peace. There is an intrinsic relationship between the environment and peace which would be from the basis for an important core program of WEU.


l  The Asian dimension – its contributions to environmental deterioration and its risks and to the prospects of their resolution. This will focus particularly on China’s role in protecting its environment and its impacts on the global environment.


l  A World Tourism Institute should be established as an integral, but autonomous component of the WEU.


l  The Earth Restoration Corps has for several years been running a very effective program, particularly in the ACRE region of Brazil, training of young people, and instructors to restore environmentally damaged sites, revitalize their ecological integrity and productivity and provide constructive and educational work for young people.


l  The WEU must be fully autonomous to ensure its intellectual and academic integrity and freedom from ideological constraints. A close relationship with the United Nations can be achieved without making the WEU an actual UN organization, through cooperation with UN agencies and organizations and participation of UN personnel in its faculty and programs.


l  International funding could be forthcoming when the WEU has progressed to the point where it can command attention and support of international sources. The long term objective should be to achieve a significant degree of self-financing for the WEU.


l  The climate change and economic crises require a degree of international cooperation that has only been achieved on a limited basis in wartime and never on a global scale. A global system of governance through which nations cooperate to address issues which none can deal with alone. Highest priority must be given to those issues which affect the security, sustainability and survival of all humanity. All is certainly true of both climate change and the related needs for fundamental and education system changes in our current economic system. Actions should be dealt with at the levels closest to the people concerned. On this basis, the role of global government would be to provide the framework of principles and context require facilitating actions which can best be taken at local, national or regional levels. We must re-educate humanity.


(source: internet)

by/Niu Jingmei