• COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. Part 1: The Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    (Michael T. Osterholm and 7 others, CIDRAP, April 30, 2020, 8p)
    The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota seeks to help planners envision what might happen later in 2020 or in 2021. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is “the worst global public health crisis in over 100 years…its future course is still highly unpredictable.” The best comparative model is influenza, which created at least eight global pandemics since the early 1700s.
  • Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19
    (United Nations, March 2020, 24p)
    The pandemic is “a defining moment for modern society. This call for action asks every country to step up with public, private, and civic sectors collaborating to suppress transmission and stop the pandemic, cushion the economic effects for people, and learning from the crisis.
  • COVID-19 Briefing Materials: Global Health and Crisis Response
    (McKinsey & Company, April 13, 2020, 91p)
    An extensive analysis with many charts and graphs on the state of the science, 9 scenarios on how the situation might evolve, planning and managing responses (for resilience, supply chains, employees, and customers), state and local governments, challenges to emerging economies, and sector-specific impacts.
  • National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening
    (Scott Gottlieb and four others, American Enterprise Institute, March 28, 2020, 16p)
    Outlines “steps that can be taken as epidemic transmission is brought under control in difference regions” In four phases: 1) Slow the Spread; 2) Reopen, State by State; 3) Establish Protection Then Lift All Restrictions; 4) Rebuild Readiness for the Next Pandemic.
  • 2019 Global Health Security Index
    (Nuclear Threat Initiative, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and The Economist Intelligence Unit, Oct 2019, 316p)
    “Intended as a key resource in the face of increasing risks of high-consequence and globally catastrophic biological events.” Provides 195 country profiles on health security and capabilities across six categories, 34 indicators, and 85 sub-indicators. The key conclusion: “National health security is fundamentally weak around the world.
  • COVID-19: The CIDRAP Viewpoint. Part 2: Effective COVID-19 Crisis Communication
    (Michael T. Osterholm and 7 others, CIDRAP, May 6, 2020, 11p)
    “Messages from government leaders and even public health officials have been all over the map, leaving in their wake much confusion and anxiety.” Fairly well-established principles too often ignored include “Don’t over-reassure,” “Proclaim uncertainty,” and “Admit mistakes.” They make for good leadership during infectious disease outbreaks and help us all cope.

Statement of Purpose

The S&S 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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