The Security &

Sustainability Guide

Beyond Isolation – Towards Collaboration

 

Michael Marien

“The SSG is an exercise in mapping the vast system organizations in the fields of security and sustainability. We aim to be a source of knowledge and information, a practical tool to navigate the ocean of knowledge available at everyone’s fingertips.”

David Harries

The SSG is a non-partisan open-source journey to identify the ever-rising number of organizations active on sustainability and security issues. The hope is that its findings will promote more interoperable, tangible collaboration among organizations that reduces the time, effort, and resources due unnecessarily lost to structural fragmentation and operational duplication.

Security Organizations

are concerned with human security, existential risks, 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 transition and economics, etc.

Why Security and Sustainability?

The peoples and nations of the world cannot have security without sustainability, nor can they have sustainability without security. These two broad global goals have become increasingly important in recent years. Both have expanded in their definitions, and their inseverable interconnections are becoming increasingly visible.

New Articles

SSG Newslitter – February 2024

SSG Newslitter – February 2024

The third Newslitter, slated for 2023’s summer, was to focus on AI’s global uproar. However, due to many large language models, a new theme was required. A New York Times article inspired a focus on “unprecedentedness”, leading to the title “2023: A Year of Peak Unprecedentedness”.

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Report on Recent Reports #6, Winter 2023-2024

Report on Recent Reports #6, Winter 2023-2024

The COP28 agreement pushed for a transition from fossil fuels to achieve net zero by 2050, but compromises left many provisions ambiguous. This review analyzes those shortcomings including 14 foresight abstracts, categorized into forecasts for the coming decades, reports on required transformative adaptations, and broader assessments of polycrisis and existential risk.

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Notable Organizations

All of the organizations described in the S&S Guide are engaged in important and interesting activities related to security and/or sustainability. But some appear more important or interesting than others.

REMARKABLE GROWTH

The remarkable growth of security and sustainability organizations is greatly under-appreciated by media and researchers. Countless new projects are started every year. We are covering over 2500 of them and new ones arrive every week.

ALLIANCES, COALITIONS & NETWORKS

The different types of partnerships to overcome fragmented efforts is important; the Guide identifies 300+ such groups. We are aiming to help reduce the fragmentation between subject matters and simplify partnering processes.

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.

 

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