Global Challenges Quiz
What is a global challenge?
A global challenge is an issue that impacts the entire world and cannot be solved by a single government or institution acting alone. Examples include climate change, cybersecurity threats, poverty, conflict, biodiversity loss, economic inequality, and water scarcity.
The Global Challenges dossiers draw on the research of the Graduate Institute’s professors, researchers and PhD students to share with a broader audience the ideas and opinions produced by the academic community in these key areas of concern for humanity. They provide a unique blend of scholarly thought, state-of-the-art maps, interviews, videos and other multimedia resources.
Faculty considering adapting a current course to meet the Global Challenges student learning outcome area are encouraged to work through the faculty development page. This is the first step in preparing to submit a course for review via Curriculog. The feedback form at the end of the page will allow you to indicate your confidence level and to highlight areas where further professional/teaching development is needed.
What are some of the global challenges?
Humanity faces major global challenges that are not limited to one country or institution. They are often interrelated and cannot be addressed by any single government or organisation acting alone. They include issues such as climate change, energy poverty and security, food security, fostering ethical market economies, fighting new and re-emerging diseases and ensuring safe access to water and energy.
These global challenges are a direct result of humanity’s actions, or lack thereof, which can have a lasting impact on future generations. Addressing these challenges will require an integrated approach that combines science and technology with social sciences and the humanities.
There are also many global challenges related to the economy, such as wealth inequality where a minority of people control the majority of the world’s wealth. These economic problems can also lead to political instability and conflict. This can be seen in the increasing number of refugees who are fleeing their homes because they feel unsafe or are no longer able to feed themselves.
What are some of the solutions to the global challenges?
Humanity faces many global challenges: climate change, air pollution, scarcity of clean water, ethical market economies and fighting new and re-emerging diseases. These problems are interdependent, and an improvement in one makes it easier to address another. Therefore, it is difficult to prioritize one challenge over another.
The solutions to these challenges may involve implementing global policies at national and local levels, fostering technological innovation and supporting sustainable development. However, there are still many obstacles to overcome, such as wealth inequality, which is exacerbated by the fact that wealthy people and institutions tend to raise the bar of entry for others to join their ranks.
While these issues may appear overwhelming, JEF Europe believes that humanity is winning more than it is losing in the face of these global challenges. However, if we are to continue to win, it will require collaboration between governments, international organizations, corporations, universities, NGOs and creative individuals.
What are some of the problems associated with the global challenges?
The problems associated with the global challenges are enormous. They include climate change, food and water security, the threat of new and re-emerging diseases, inequality between rich and poor countries, political instability, religious and ethnic conflict, cyber threats, economic growth, globalization, poverty, and natural resource depletion.
Many of these problems are interconnected and affect people everywhere. Addressing these global challenges requires collaborative action among governments, international organizations, universities, corporations, NGOs and creative individuals. Despite the pessimistic picture, there are reasons for hope.
Global Challenges seeks to explore these issues by publishing cutting-edge research gathered through a rigorous and transparent review process, and putting it into context for a readership of non-specialists. It examines the underlying issues, risks and opportunities that are associated with the major global challenges of peace and justice, sustainability, and prosperity. The programme is centered around these four Global Challenges, which are heavily interlinked and can only be understood by studying them from different disciplines.