The transnational corporate community is playing an essential role in the transition to a sustainable development pathway. They can help to demonstrate, for example, that a climate friendly, sustainable and harmonious mode of development will open up new opportunities for profit and competitive advantage.

While Korea is the most acute, it is not the only risk facing the peace and security of northeast Asia. Competing territorial claims over some of the small island areas of the region have escalated as the potential value of their offshore resources becomes more evident.

The shift of economic power to Asia is underscored by the fact that Asian countries now hold up to 5 trillion dollars of foreign reserves at a time when the United States must attract foreign capital, largely from Asia, to meet its escalating deficits.


The world desperate needs hope; and we must build on this hope. If we fail, we will add to the growing divisions of this planet. Is it realistic to think that we can continue to reap the benefits of exploiting our precious planetary heritage while continuing to permit its accelerating desecration?

Former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, in his recently published book entitled, "Hell or High Water" pays tribute to Maurice Strong's service to Canada and the world and someone, who is one of "the greatest influences" in his life.

Climate change which threatens the habitability of the entire Earth has its main source in the ways in which people meet their energy needs. There could be no greater challenge to entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.