Global Grand Challenges

Twelve critical problems that impact everyone on Earth

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Global Grand Challenges

Twelve global grand challenges (GGCs) have been identified that are interrelated and interdependent.

At SingularityU Canada, we believe that our hyperconnected, accelerating world can be made better by using exponential technologies to solve global grand challenges. Rooted in the foundation set by SingularityU, we believe a collective approach supported by converging technologies will enable us to shift from an era of scarcity to abundance.

Each GGC is a crucial part of solving for the following three perspectives:

  • Ensuring basic needs are met for all people
  • Sustaining and improving quality of life
  • Mitigating future risks
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GGC - Environment


Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.

GGC - Energy


Ample, accessible, and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.

GGC - Food


Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.

GGC - Shelter


Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.

GGC - Space


Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.

GGC - Water


Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.

GGC - Disaster Resilience

Disaster Resilience

Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.

GGC - Governance


Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance that is in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights, free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices, and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

GGC - Health


Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost-effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.

GGC - Learning


Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfillment and benefit to society.

GGC - Prosperity


Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive.

GGC - Security


Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.

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Each GGC has an achievable end state we believe we can accomplish. We’ll reach that state sooner if you take up the cause with us. Addressing the GGCs at all levels—as individuals, organizations, countries, and as a species—will enable us to create effective solutions.

Regardless of your location, area(s) of focus, or desired level of involvement, we hope you’ll join us to help tackle these urgent problems. The challenges are daunting but they can be overcome. If you’re ready to join our mission to create positive change, or amp up the work you’re already doing, we invite you to join the community across Canada.

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