Theme

The raison d'etre of the World Congress and of The Global Community organization is to find sound solutions to sustain Earth in this millennium. New concepts had to be developed and are shown on the website of The Global Community organization:

http://members.home.net/global2000

The World Congress will bring forward many more new concepts and value systems, Global Ethics, and a Vision of Earth in Year 2024.

The theme of the World Congress was based from the following definition of sustainable development.

The technical definition being "a sound balance among the interactions of the impacts (positive and/or negative), or stresses, on the four major quality systems: People, Economic Development, Environment and Availability of Resources," and

The none-technical definition being "a sound balance among the interactions designed to create a healthy economic growth, preserve environmental quality, make a wise use of our resources, and enhance social benefits."

The four major quality systems are better illustrated by the four interacting circles (see website).

The four interacting circles are quality systems. They are used because together they form a neat geometric expression about a complicated intellectual concept. They represent interactions. These interactions occur between the systems and within each individual system.

Here same-size circles represent mathematical local/global indicators that have been developed for assessing and measuring sustainable development within four equally-important realities in local/global life. The scale (to be presented during the World Congress) used within the mathematical model (see GCAC files for complete description of the model) reflects the importance of each quality system in ensuring a sound future for Earth.

People need a healthy environment and resources for industry. Businesses cannot thrive without people or resources. Economic stability depends on people, resources, and good businesses. And all of the above cannot exist without environment.

The four interacting circles are a simplistic expression of our need for one another, our interaction, the thoughtless damage we can cause. We are worlds within worlds orbiting in and through each otherís space. This interaction can be planned and executed in a caring, considerate manner so that all may exist and not destroy the other. The Global Community Assessment Centre(GCAC) is the centre whose objectives are to measure, assess, and integrate the interactions and present results to The Global Community. GCAC proposes a method based on fundamental principles, a sound science, and results are used to propose policies for management of global changes.

The aim of the World Congress is to give all concerned people in The Global Community an opportunity to meet, to dialogue, to encourage, to advise one another about original ways to consciously affect evolution for the good of all humanity on four levels - social, economic, environmental and in the wise husbanding of natural resources. Finding a sound balance between the interaction of these four levels is what makes the World Congress unique.

ISSUES accepted for presentation during the World Congress pertain to these four levels. They are also part of a mathematical model developed to measure sustainable development. The modelís fundamental components are the four interacting circles or four major quality systems all interacting with one another and within themselves. These measurements provide local/global indicators and will be used to create a sense of direction for The Global Community. Other methods of measurement are being researched by participants and will be presented during the World Congress.

The theme of the World Congress

The theme for the World Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development includes the following:

i) Establishing a permanent global dialogue on measuring and assessing sustainable development, and on providing management policy solutions to ensure a sound future for Earth; "Roundtables" discussions and brainstorming exercises conducted on the Internet will help in establishing this dialogue;

ii) Establishing The Global Community Assessment Centre that will coordinate the assessment of local and global indicators along with other national and international organizations; establishing sustainable development accounting and valuation; make results available to governments, research institutions, NGOs, and to The Global Community on the Internet;

iii) Providing gross global indicators to The Global Community:

1. Gross Environmental Sustainable Development Index (GESDI);
2. Gross Sustainable Development Product (GSDP);

iv) Establishing a benchmark for the 21st Century and a scale of values for assessment;

v)  Presenting a Global Code of Ethics and a Vision of Earth in Year 2024.
 

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