ERIC Number: ED404202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Constraints, Dangers, and Challenges of the Twenty-First Century. International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century.
This document groups together the ideas about the difficulties, dangers, and challenges of the 21st century expressed by the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century. In discussing constraints created by contemporary world history, the paper suggests that the development of the world economy and society is at present being strongly influenced by three phenomena that seem to be accelerating and that are beyond the control of any system: (1) demography; (2) the worldwide interdependence of official and private actions; and (3) scientific and technological progress. These three major changes are now combining and becoming simultaneous, foreshadowing great dangers for the beginning of the 21st century. The dangers clouding the approach of the 21st century are identified as: (1) the accelerated drift of the poor countries; (2) the marginalization of people with no hope of progress; (3) the break up of nation-states; and (4) the danger of the earth's destruction from problems other than the spread of local conflicts. Three challenges are posed: (1) harnessing science and technology to serve humanity and development, and building a way of life for the time set free; (2) adopting a global approach while showing regard for diversity; and (3) building the political context for national and international control of complex world developments. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Note: For related papers, see SO 024 394-407 and SO 024 448-454.