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AFES-PRESS Book Aid Project

Launch of the Book Aid Project
in Nairobi. (Kenya), Mexico City (Mexico), Accra (Ghana)
and in New Delhi ( India)
Sponsors and Recipients

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

Former Executive-Director, United Nations Environment Programme (1997-2006) and former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations

From the foreword:

“This book deserves many readers in all parts of the world, especially in those countries where university and research libraries may not be able to afford such references books. It is hoped that these scientific and policy-relevant messages can again be made available with the support of private foundations and donors to the young generation in the global South that will ex­perience many of these challenges to their security and survival during this century.”

The goal of this book aid project is to send copies of this international and multidisciplinary reference book on challenges of the 21 st century as a gift to university libraries and to major research institutes in Third World countries.

This major reference book on security with 75 chapters was written by 92 authors from 36 countries and from 17 scientific disciplines. It should be available to academic institutions in the Third World where this knowledge can reach many readers: students and university professors who are often policy advisers and inform the media.

Third World institutions cannot afford this book but they have a great demand for it.

This book aid project will be implemented by Peace Research and European Security Studies (AFES-PRESS), a non-profit and tax-exempt international scientific society under German law. The tax exempt status (“Gemeinnützigkeit”) of AFES-PRESS has been renewed in October 2007 until 2010.

Patron: Dr. rer.nat. Rolf Linkohr, former Member of European Parliament (1979-2004), founding president of the Centre for European Energy Strategy (CERES), Brussels


Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring,

Czeslaw Mesjasz , John Grin, Pal Dunay,

Navnita Chadha Behera, Béchir Chourou,

Patricia Kameri-Mbote, P.H. Liotta (Eds.):

Globalization and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualizing Security in the 21 st Century

Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 3

( Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag, 2008).

ISBN 978-3-540-75976-8
Excerpts from other Forewords

Stavros Dimas

Commissioner for the Environment

European Union

Since 2004

Globalisation and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualising Security in the 21 st Century – sums up many of the dilemmas and challenges facing policy-makers today.”

“Since the end of the Cold War, the security debate has changed fundamentally. A study which addresses the new challenges and suggests responses will therefore be a welcome addition to the policy-maker’s toolkit. For this reason, I warmly welcome this volume.”

Prof. Dr. Hans van Ginkel

Former Rector,
United Nations University

Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General

“The ‘hexagon’ is also the logo of the UNU system that combines under the goal of human security five research areas on peace, governance, development, science, techno­logy and society as well as the environment.

This unique compilation of global scholarship deserves many readers and should be available in all major university and research libraries in all parts of the world and for all scholars also on the Internet. 
Excerpts from three Preface Essays

Úrsula Oswald Spring (Mexico)

is research professor at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in the Regional Multi-disciplinary Research Center (CRIM); first MunichRe Foundation Chair on Social Vulnerability at UNU-EHS; President of the Board of the Peasant University in Morelos and co-chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of AFES-PRESS.

“ The results of five decades of development are disappointing, with at least two lost decades in Latin America. The increasing concern with poverty, urbanization, and climate change has led UNDP to shift the traditional narrow security focus linked to nation states to a new concept, directly related to people, it termed as ‘human security’ to complement its goal of ‘human development’.”

Vandana Shiva ( India)

is physicist, ecofeminist, environmental activist, author

In 1993, she received the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) “for placing wo­men and ecology at the heart of the modern development discourse”

In 1995 she co-founded Diverse Women for Diversity.
“Corporate globalization is a transfer of knowledge and natural resources, like seeds and water held, conserved, and used collectively by women for their communities, to global corporations. This transfer of wealth goes hand in hand with the transformation of nature, society, and women’s status. Biodiversity and water are transformed from commons to com­modities. Women, the creators of value, the providers of basic needs are turned into a dispensable sex.”

Narcis Serra Serra (Spain)

is President of the CIDOB Foundation and President of Caixa Catalunya.

He was Mayor of Barcelona (1979-1982), Spanish Minister of Defence (1982-1991) and Vice President of the Spanish Government. (1992-1995)
The Mediterranean presents many challenges in terms of security.…Thus in 1995, the leaders of European and Mediterranean countries decided to launch the Barcelona Process with the aim of working together to build an area of peace, shared prosperity, and human exchange.…In terms of security… the Mediterranean cannot be excluded from the growing interest in the concept of human security.


The book aid project was made possible by grants and subsidies by :

  • Sparkasse Neckartal Odenwald: 5 books (2008)
  • German Academic Exchange Service: 100 books (2009)
  • German Federal Ministry for Education and Research: 75 Books (2010)

Recipients of the book aid project

Book gifts were sent to university libraries in Third World countries to guarantee a maximum access to readers around the world especially in countries that cannot afford this reference book.

The 75 copies of volume III sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research were sent as gifts to the following national and university libraries in:


  Transfer of the first book gifts
donated by the Sparkasse Neckartal Odenwald and
AFES-PRESS, Mosbach, Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

to the

University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Coeditor, Prof. Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director
International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC)
Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi
hands over the first book gift to
Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences,
University of Nairobi, Kenya

to the Governor of Rajasthan, H.E. Shri S.K. Singh
and the Vice Chandellor, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University,
Kota, Rajasthan, India, Prof. Dr. Naresh Dadhich

and to the Vice Chancellor, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU).

Prof. Dr. Naresh Dadhich during a ceremony in the Governor’s Office on 15 October 2008

The photos show the Governor of Rajasthan and the Vice Chancellor of the Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU).with the two speakers, Prof. Dr. Ursula Oswald Spring (Mexiko) and PD Dr. Hans Guenter Brauch ( Germany)

El Colegio de México, México D.F., México

Coeditor, Prof. Dr. Oswald Spring,
UNAM/CRIM, Cuernavaca, Morelos
First MunichRe Foundation Chair, UNU/EHS, Bonn, Germany

hands over the second book gift to

El Colegio de México, represented by Prof. José Luís Lezama,
Director of the Institute for Urbanization and Ecology
in the presence of Architect Sergio Ponce


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
New Delhi , India

R. K. Pachauri,
Director General of TERI
Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Nobel Peace Laureate of 2007


Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Accra, Ghana

Dr. Kwesi Aning,
Head of Research

Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)

presenting the book to

Maj.-General John K. Attipoe,
Commandant of KAIPTC

Inquiries of potential sponsors should be sent to :

PD Dr. Hans Günter Brauch, AFES-PRESS, Alte Bergsteige 47, 74821 Mosbach, Germany

TEL 49-6261-12912 , FAX 49-6261-15695
Email :

Donations should be sent to: AFES-PRESS, Special Account Book Aid
For the bank details please contact AFES-PRESS at: