High Noon: 20 Global Issues, 20 Years to Solve Them

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Postscript

Upon completing this short book, I have two regrets and one request.

My first and real regret is that due to the book's topic and structure, I was not able to give China and India the space they deserve. Half the population of the developing world lives in those two giant countries, and how they respond to the twenty global issues over the next twenty years will matter enormously It's almost worth another book.

My second, more mitigated regret is that I may have unfairly spent more time hinting at what has not been happening in global problem‐ solving than paying homage to what has been attempted. As an international civil servant myself, I know only too well what kind of back‐ breaking and thankless workloads global affairs can bring. I would therefore have quite a bit of empathy for those leaders, ministers, diplomats, and international civil servants who may feel that I have described the glass as half empty when I ought to have described it as half full. Yet I'll stop short of apologizing, as I won't abandon my basic position, which is that when it comes to fast and effective global problem‐ solving, the glass is less than half full.

Finally, here comes my request. I thrive on two things: examples of what's going on from ripped-out newspaper clippings and live questions or suggestions from audiences. Looking back, they have helped me change or improve on my thinking on global problem-solving far more than any of the scholarly articles or books I may have read on the topic. So if you want to send questions, ideas, or examples my way, I'd

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