The United Nations Background and Reasons for ISEO

Specialized Agencies, Programs, Funds and Commissions of the United Nations have the mandate from 190 nations of coordinating and solving global issues, such as labour, gender, food, culture, education, health, financing of development infrastructures, currency harmonization, maritime rules, weather, peace promotion and justice - in short - to ascertain the survival on planet Earth in happiness and prosperity.

The most important task for the United Nations and all Governments is the conservation of humankind's natural life base, which consists of a balanced biosphere and climate to enable the production of enough food and provide supportable conditions of life, which are prerequisites for all other human activities.

The industrial evolution over the last two centuries brought plenty of innovations for the human civilization, but enabled certain nations also to conduct the most disastrous wars in history and to exploit the natural resources at a frightening pace. Since the Seventies of the 20th Century serious warnings about the "limits to growth" went around the world with little effect: the resource exploitation, arms races and wasteful consumption habits squandered these resources at an accelerated pace, along with the exponential growth of world population. All this frenzy needed increasing amounts of energy.

The most wasteful and - in retrospect - irresponsible human habit was the combustion of the finite and rapidly dwindling energy resources coal, petroleum and "natural" i.e. mineral gas. This irresponsible activity is burning the feed-stocks of the chemical industry for the production of plastics, synthetic fibres, building materials, paints, varnishes, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, pesticides and many other products of the organic chemistry for our descendants, who need these resources for Centuries to come.

But the most catastrophic effect of the fossil fuel age is the unbalancing of the biosphere and climate to a degree that is irreversibly affecting our life base: growing deserts and acid rains spoiling fertile lands, the poisoning of rivers, lakes and ground waters, spoiling the so badly needed drinkable water for the growing world population - and the worst of all - more frequent weather disasters, retracting glaciers, ruined ski resorts, melting ice caps, land slides, more violent storms, flooding of highly populated coastal areas and islands, thus endangering people and rare species, causing migrations, loss of fertile land and cultural heritages - all due to the incessantly growing fossil fuel emissions, causing global warming.

These reasons will make ISEO one of the most important UN agencies with necessary links to many other UN bodies which are directly or indirectly touched by energy issues and with the hundreds of NGOs around the world, who can help pushing the transition to the Clean, Sustainable Energy Age by conserving resources and bringing the biosphere and climate back into a natural balance.

This enormous task is well illustrated by the graph on the left, where the top black line represents a very conservative estimate of the future world-wide energy demand over the next 50 years, with all conceivable energy efficiency measures already discounted.

Fossil fuel producers are fully aware of the red bottom curve showing the expected mineral energy resource depletion over the next 50 years and the need to reduce fossil fuel combustion beyond the Kyoto Protocol targets in order to slow down, and ultimately reverse, global warming of the Earth atmosphere.

Thus the green middle curve is the imperative reason for the establishment of ISEO - see also the ISEO Mandate on website www.uniseo.org with the statute, application form, links and implementation tools.