Is war the solution to all problems

Environmental awareness and climate protection

The most important global problems include the perennial issue of "war and terrorism", the new human issue "climate change" and the issue of inequality between poor and rich countries.

The main global problem (January 2007)

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Main problem
(only 1st mention)

Main problems
(1st, 2nd and 3rd mention)

Wars and terrorism

24%

55%

Climate change

24%

57%

Inequality between rich and poor countries

16%

43%

Famines

8%

26%

Uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

7%

26%

power supply

5%

18%

Adequate education for everyone

4%

23%

Diseases, epidemics and epidemics

3%

19%

growth of population

3%

7%

Flows of refugees

2%

9%

Economic or stock market crash

1%

5%

Question: "I am now reading out to you a number of problems that in one way or another affect all of humanity. Please tell me which you think is the most important [second / third most important] problem at the moment."

Since the beginning of the 20th century, organizations like the UN, the Red Cross or economic organizations like the World Bank or WTO have promised to want to solve global problems or at least to contribute to their solution. In view of the current global problems, people first of all trust themselves: one in four (24%) does not name an organization, but says that every single person is most likely to be able to solve the most important global problems. Institutions and organizations such as the world economic summit of the most powerful industrial nations, national governments or the UN are cited by only one in six (16%), the EU (8%) global companies (6%) and non-governmental organizations (5%) are cited even less. [...] With regard to climate change, one in three (34%) names the individual, and almost one in four (23%) sees the solution more at the world economic summit of the most powerful industrial nations. [...]

The skepticism that these problems could be solved in the foreseeable future far outweighs confidence. Problems that can be solved "technically" such as diseases, epidemics or epidemics or adequate educational provision are seen as the most hopeful - almost every fifth (19% or 18%) sees a realistic chance here. On the other hand, the solution to problems of energy supply or climate change is viewed with more skepticism (14% and 13%, respectively). [...]

Conclusion
The agenda of the most important global problems is very clear - the perennial issue of "war and terrorism", the new human issue "climate change" and the issue of inequality between rich and poor countries, which has been somewhat lost sight of in recent years, represent the greatest challenges. However, people's trust in organizations and institutions to solve these issues is limited: above all others, the responsibility for the solution is most likely attributed to the individual.

From: Ipsos Press Releases: Global Problems - January 2007, http://knowledgecenter.ipsos.de/docdetail.aspx?c=1021&sid=67F6B1C4-CC4A-4636-A948-1860CB7A00B1&did=b5f6567f-aa19-4feb-9301-2035 .aaf5490 (07/25/2007).