Rozwój zrównoważony z punktu widzenia NATO — działalność Komitetu do spraw Wyzwań Współczesnego Społeczeństwa

Anna Kalinowska



The NATO Committee on the Challenges ofModern Society (CCMS) was established in 1969 in order to give the Alliance a new 'social dimension'. Article 2 of the treaty provides that member countries will contribute towards the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. The aim of this new Committee was toaddress practical problems already under study at the national level and, by combining the expertise and technology available in member countries, arrive fairly rapidly at valid conclusions and to make recommendations for action to benefit all. In creating the CCMS, the North Atlantic Council decided that the Committee would not itself engage in any research activities. Its work is therefore carried out on a decentralised basis, through its pilot studies, which are founded by nations. Subjects for pilot studies, which are proposed by NATO or EAPC member countries, cover a large spectrum dealing with environmental problems. The decision to officially launch a pilot study is taken by the CCMS plenary. Since the start of CCMS’activity, 60 pilot studies and 2 short term adhoc project have been completed. 16 pilot studies and 2 short term adhoc project are presently underway. The ongoing studies deal with the following topics: 1. Defence-related issues, 2. Pollution control, 3. Health and Technological Risk, 4. Quality of Life & Planning. The opinion that investment in environmental education are the most cost-efficient form of environmental protection is gaining growing acceptance in the majority of NATO countries. However, knowledge of the scale and possibilities as well as forms of environmental education to be applied for various social groups is still insufficient. In November 2002, CCMS accepted the new pilot study on Forms of environmental education in the armed forces and their impact on creation of pro-environmental attitudes. It’s the first pilot study proposed by Poland. Dr A. Kalinowska was nominated as pilot study director and University Centre for Environmental Studies was nominated its leading institution. Purpose, objectives and goals of this pilot study are as follows: a. Identification and inventory of various forms of educational activity aimed at raising environmental knowledge and awareness in the countries participating in the study. b. Analysis of educational materials and didactic aids prepared for various groups within the armed forces. c. Evaluation of expenditure and ways of financing various forms of environmental education.

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