The 15 Global Challenges provide a framework to assess the global and local prospects for humanity. Their description, with a range of views and actions to addressed each, enriched with regional views and progress assessments are updated each year, since 1996.

 A short overview is published in the annual State of the Future,while continuous updates and details are available on the Global Futures Intelligence System website:


The 15 Global Challenges are a result of continuous research, Delphi studies, interviews, and participantion of over 4,000 experts from around
the world, since 1996 — see a short history.

Challenge 1 – Sustainable development
and climate change

Challenge 2 – Clean water

Challenge 3 – Population and resources

Challenge 4 – Democratization

Challenge  5 – Global foresight
and decision making

Challenge 6 – Global convergence and IT

Challenge 7 – Rich-poor gap

Challenge 8 – Health issues

Challenge 9 – Education and learning 

Challenge 10 – Peace and conflict

Challenge 11- Status of women

Challenge 12 -Transnational organized crime

Challenge 13 – Energy

Challenge 14 – Science and technology

Challenge 15 – Global ethics