International forum in The Hague jointly seeks solutions to worldwide challenges

23 FEBRUARY 2011, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
Summary
World leaders from politics, science and business need to cooperate better in order to deal with the grand strategic challenges of the 21st century. That is the goal of the international World Foresight Forum (WFF), a new global summit which will take place on 13 -15 April 2011 in the Dutch city of The Hague. A sneak preview for the international press was held yesterday.
World leaders from politics, science and business need to cooperate better in order to deal with the grand strategic challenges of the 21st century. That is the goal of the international World Foresight Forum (WFF), a new global summit which will take place on 13 -15 April 2011 in the Dutch city of The Hague. A sneak preview for the international press was held yesterday. At the sneak preview, three new reports were presented, which reflect several themes of the forum. The reports focus on resource scarcity, the financial crisis and power shifts due to the rise of China.

The new reports – called issue briefs – each zoom in on a specific worldwide problem. Similarly does the forum in The Hague, which centers around six key themes: ecology, demographics, technology, economy, security and culture. A prominent panel explained these themes in detail yesterday. Members of the panel were Jeroen van der Veer (former CEO Royal Dutch Shell, Chairman Supervisory Board Philips), Rob de Wijk (Director of the Hague Center for Strategic Studies), Gerben Klein Baltink (Director TNO) and Joel Wyler (Chairman of the WFF Foundation). They emphasized the enormous impact these core themes have on the stability and security of our world and the welfare of its citizens.

“These worldwide challenges require an integrated, international approach”, said Joel Wyler. “That is why we organize an international forum together with a large number of leaders from politics, science and industry. The forum will be held in The Hague from 13 to 15 April and will focus on the theme ‘A secure and sustainable world for future generations’”.

According to Rob de Wijk, a publication such as “Rare Earth Elements and Strategic Mineral Policy" reveals that there is a clear link between the scarcity of basic raw materials and the emergence of conflict. “During the World Foresight Forum, we look for tangible solutions to problems that concern us all", De Wijk said
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"The worldwide challenges humanity is facing require an integrated, international approach. That is why we organize an international forum together with a large number of leaders from politics, science and industry. The forum will be held in The Hague from 13 to 15 April and will focus on the theme ‘A secure and sustainable world for future generations’" Joel Wyler, Chairman of the World Foresight Forum Foundation
"A publication such as “Rare Earth Elements and Strategic Mineral Policy" reveals that there is a clear link between the scarcity of basic raw materials and the emergence of conflict. During the World Foresight Forum, we look for tangible solutions to problems that concern us all." Rob de Wijk, Chairman of The Hague Center for Strategic Studies
Spokespeople
About World Foresight Forum

English

The World Foresight Forum is an initiative of the World Foresight Forum Foundation. This Foundation brings together decision makers from the worlds of international business, governments, academia and science with the purpose: to create a new understanding of and a new approach towards solving the major strategic challenges that our world faces in this 21st century. The Foundation aims to inspire us all to create a secure and sustainable world for future generations.


Dutch

Het World Foresight Forum is een initiatief van de World Foresight Forum Foundation en wordt o.a. ondersteund door het Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Landbouw en Innovatie en de Gemeente Den Haag. Deze stichting brengt beslissers uit het internationale bedrijfsleven, overheden, kennisinstellingen en wetenschap samen met als doel: begrip kweken voor de onderlinge samenhang van de grote uitdagingen van de 21ste eeuw en inspiratie bieden om gezamenlijk een stabiele en veilige wereld voor toekomstige generaties te bewerkstelligen.