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Configuring strategic dilemmas in intersectoral dialogue

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Annex to Processing Documents on Sustainable Development Issues described in associated documents, which are all part of a separate report (Configuring Globally and Contending Locally: shaping the global network of local bargains by decoding and mapping Earth Summit inter-sectoral issues, 1992, 5 mb PDF). For other tables on strategies see: confidence ploys; value-based; typology for sustainable development; Chinese strategems

The following is the learning cluster of the set of 450 issues derived from international declarations: Brundtland Report (Our Common Future), Agenda 21, and in sectoral declarations (see declaration checklist annex). The collection of the complete set of issues together is available in PDF form (Declaration Issues: Sorted by Code Combination) and highlights certain patterns.

The set of 6 clusters is:

[P=Population | W=Well-being | L=Learning (below)| T=Trade | E=Environment | R=Regulation ]

Columns in the table, as for other clusters, are coded in relation to Figure 1a. The purpose of this coding was to explore configuration of the implicit strategic dilemmas as a global structure (see commentary) and presented as Figures 3a and 3b. The coding procedure is described elsewhere.  

# P W L T E R   Issue name Document
            LEARNING/CULTURE:  
        Education/training/public awareness A21/7-8 
        Illiteracy / Innumeracy  Doc1 
        Appropriate education  Doc15 
        Improved education  BR 
        Educational wastage  BR 
        Environmental education (including values)  Doc27 
        Self-help training  A21/12 
        Excessive specialization / Over-education   
        Access to education  BR 
        Conceptual fragmentation / Paradigm shift   
        Accelerating rates of change  Doc4 
        Increasing complexity of interconnections  Doc4 
        Living with uncertainty / precautionary principle  Doc6 
        Coping with value challenges / lifestyle adjustment  Doc35 
        Science for sustainable development A21/31 & 36 
        Strengthen scientific basis for....  A21/36 
        Strengthen multi-scale / interdisciplinary research  Doc4 
        Neglect of environmental studies  Doc16 
        Environmental and social impact assessment methods  Doc1 
        Long-term versus short term planning  Doc2 
          Improving long-term scientific assessment  A21/36 
        Gap in scientific/technological capacity  BR 
      Lack of scientists/engineers  Doc4 
        Lack of natural resource managers  Doc19 
        Lack of public health and environment professionals  Doc7 
        Science/technology community role  A21/31 
        Enhancement of research/technology infrastructure  BR 
        Improve communication and cooperation  A21/31 
        Codes of practice and guidelines for use of ...  A21/31 
        Information/data for sustainable development A21/40 
        Advance earth system studies  Doc4 
        Improve pollution abatement technologies  A21/9 
            Accumulation of biological knowledge  BR 
        Inventory global forest resources  Doc27 
        Information handling and availability  A21/40 
        Bridging the data gap / accessibility  A21/40 
        Intellectual property rights  Doc3 
        Role of communications media  Doc4 
        Electronic networking  A21/40 
        Commercial information sources  A21/40 
        Data collection, standards, methods and use  A21/40 
        Global networks of research centres / data exchange  Doc21 
        Quality of life / sustainable development indicators  Doc27 
        State of Environment reporting/monitoring  Doc36 
        Tradition knowledge of indigenous people  Doc16 
        Information exchange on toxic chemicals and risks  A21/19 
        Role of universities  Doc7 
          Open channels of information exchange  Doc7 
        Use the university community as a role model  Doc7 
        Increase academic focus on large complex issues  Doc7 
        Public education on sustainability issues  Doc7 
        Direct funds to multidisciplinary research/teaching  Doc7 
    Partner with other [education] sectors  Doc7 
        Information access/overload  Doc2 
        Corruption of meaning / Disinformation   
        Propaganda / Psychological warfare   
        Deception (official/unofficial)   
        Mental/Spiritual pollution  Doc37 
        Freedom of information/Censorship  Doc13 
        Espionage/Surveillance   
        Official secrecy   
        Cultural heritage exploitation/destruction  Doc36 
        Role of visual arts & artistic communication  Doc27 
        Role of exhibits and display centres  Doc27 
        Cultural invasion/imperialism   
        Cultural homogenization   
        Cultural deprivation/alienation   

From Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

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