Humanity and Global Challenges:
How can we maintain international cooperation in the face of increasingly urgent global problems and decreasing dialogue between civilisations?
The world faces a two-fold danger. First, international cooperation is lacking during a time when pressing problems require global solutions. Second, dialogue between civilisations is increasingly difficult, just as mutual understanding between cultures is more necessary than ever. As globalisation brings us all closer together, international cooperation and a meaningful dialogue are needed more than ever before. Global challenges outlined by the United Nations 75th Anniversary Global Conversation – particularly the impact of digital technologies, a new era of conflict and violence, rising inequality, the climate crisis, and shifting demographics – are affecting all of us. We are impacted at the local and global levels, as individuals and collectively.
Nevertheless, a culture based on shared values remains the key source for finding peaceful and adequate solutions to worldwide problems. The objective of the International Essay Competition is to seek the views of students and young people on how to address global challenges with concrete and actionable recommendations, answering in particular, the initial question of whether a global community based on shared human values is a solution capable of holding the world together and promoting peaceful coexistence.
In addition to the initial question mentioned above, a wide range of specific issues in this field can be addressed:
- What kind of mechanisms or approaches are capable of fostering global cohesion?
- Whilst the earth is in a climate crisis, is humanity facing a ‘values crisis’?
- Do the majority of societies share a common set of values?
- How do we create ‘global solidarity’ in response to shared challenges?
- Do we need to change our belief systems in order to solve global challenges?
- How can we maintain cultural and civilisational specificities while creating a global community capable of authentic dialogue?
- What would global policies look like and how could they be implemented in order to prevent the world from cross-cutting and persistent economic, political, cultural, etc. crises?