• Review: Two Lodestar Books for the World Ahead
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    (Michael Marien, March 20, 2021)
    Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World. Fareed Zakaria.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2020, 307p, $26.95. The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions. Jeffrey D. Sachs.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2020, 262p, $24.95.
  • COVID-19 Reports: What Experts Expect & Propose
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    (Security and Sustainability Guide,Oct 10th 2020)
    A report on 66 COVID-19 reports with Highlights and an Organization Index. The seven categories are: Daily Data Reports, Scenarios, General Overviews, Re-Opening Society to Schools and Businesses, Special Perspectives, Large Group Agendas, and Pre-COVID-19 Warnings.
  • Blog: COVID-19: A Pandemic of Assassinated Assumptions: A Perfect Storm for Leaders
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    (David Harries Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  13 November 2020)
    The global pandemic was declared by the WHO on 11 March, signalling that COVID-19 had or was about to reach all shores. Since then, the virus and its consequences, for virtually every other challenge -wicked problem - to global human security, has all but destroyed the ‘conventional wisdom’ that leaders at all levels long followed, more or less.
  • A World In Disorder: Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Annual Report 2020
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    (GPMB c/o World Health Organization, Sept 2020, 51p)
    The second report of GPMB, stating that “COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder,” the pandemic is “far from over,” the “lack of leadership is exacerbating the pandemic,” and “it is well past time to act.”  Describes six Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and five Urgent Actions to strengthen the current response.
  • The Lancet COVID-19 Commission
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    (Jeffrey D. Sachs and Five Others, The Lancet, July 9, 2019) 
    The Commission seeks “to help speed up global, equitable, and lasting solutions to the pandemic.”  A key aim is to enhance “awareness and adoption worldwide of successful strategies to suppress transmission.”  Holding its first meeting on June 23, the Commissioners are leaders in health science and delivery, business, politics, and finance from across the world.
  • How COVID-19 is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective
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    (UN Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, May 2020, 87p)
    “COVID-19 has turned the world upside down.  Everything has been impacted.”  New statistical records are being set on an almost weekly basis.  The CCSA has compiled “a snapshot of some of the latest information,” derived from 36 international organizations and assembled in four broad categories: economic, social, regional and statistical. 

Statement of Purpose

The SSG is closely following the evolution of the global Covid-19 pandemic. We will identify important reports on understanding and coping with this dangerous virus, as well as plans for less-restricted post-Covid-19 futures. Our focus will be on economic and social impacts, especially concerning health security and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Security and Sustainability Guide seeks to identify and briefly describe international organizations, and nation-oriented organizations of possible international interest, that are focused on the two basic human goals of Security and Sustainability–both broadly defined.

Security Organizations are concerned with human security, human rights, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, nuclear issues, weapons, cyber-security, military organizations, etc. Sustainability Organizations focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development, food security, water security, energy security, economic security, oceans, biodiversity, human population, green business and economics, etc.

There are thousands of guides to countries and cities, as well as flora and fauna. It is time for some guide to the rapidly growing number of security and sustainability organizations. But this is no easy matter, because human organizations are in flux, intertwined, and more difficult to classify.

Please excuse errors and inconsistencies; the S&S Guide is a continuing work-in-progress.

Access to these hundreds of organizations is provided here in several ways:


In addition to providing information on like-minded organizations and the wide range of organizations associated with security and sustainability, the S&S Guide has three key findings:

Remarkable Growth

The remarkable growth of Security and Sustainability organizations (see Chart) , with a median start-up date of 2002, is greatly under-appreciated by media and researchers; this is especially true for organizations supporting green business as a new type of capitalism.

Alliances, Coalitions & Networks

Formation of alliances, coalitions, consortia, and networks to overcome fragmented efforts is important; the Guide identifies nearly a hundred such groups, and more are probably desirable.

Security + Sustainability

A small but growing group of organizations is linking both security and sustainability concerns realizing that we cannot have security without sustainability and vice versa.

Notable Organizations

The full list can be found here

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