Note from the Editor
‘Many of the defining challenges of the 21st century – from climate change and food security, to poverty reduction and nuclear disarmament – have scientific dimensions. No one country will be able to solve these problems on its own. The tools, techniques and tactics of foreign policy need to adapt to a world of increasing scientific and technical complexity.’
New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy, Royal Society 2010
Evolving towards a new focus on key areas where policy and politics meet science and technology, A Global Village has been rapidly establishing itself on campus and beyond over the past six months. Building on the momentum initiated by the publication of Issue 2, we have recently branched out into hosting events such as our lively ‘Global Food Crisis’ panel discussion with the World Food Programme in October last.
With just four years left until the Millennium Development Goals are due to be achieved in 2015, we ask in this issue: what progress has been made? Virtual ‘Universal Coverage’ of malaria nets in Africa is hailed as a success yet the prospects for continued affordable generic HIV drugs for the developing world seems to be bleak as the EU presses India to strengthen its patenting laws. On the energy and environment front, as the ongoing IPCC climate negotiations continue to top the global agenda, we ask: where do we go from here, and can carbon capture play an important role in transitional mitigation strategies? Posing as many questions as answers, our contributors tackle a wide range of pressing global issues – we hope you will engage with these challenges!
Last but by no means least, many thanks go to Prof. Albert Lee of the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for his enthusiasm and support of this project.
Neave O'Clery is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Global Village