Distribution of natural resources
UGlobe focuses on two crucial and interrelated areas of contestation. The first of these is the global distribution of natural resources, space, and food. Despite technological advances, the issue of scarcity and inequality remains and has become more urgent in certain cases. The antagonism between citizens is also growing, catalysed by the increasing inequality of income and assets.
Simultaneously, globalisation has resulted in increased mobility of people, money, goods, and information. This raises questions about how states should relate to each other within the current architecture of the international (institutional) order and about the nature of a society that is ideally based on the foundations of democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a sustainable economy.
Sense of insecurity
Alongside the issue of global inequality in terms of distribution, UGlobe focuses on a second crucial issue: the deepening sense of insecurity among the general public. This insecurity reinforces the desire to cling to what is familiar and trusted.
Counter-movements have emerged which address a growing need for attention to and a reinforcement of (cultural and religious) identity. This emergence raises questions about the relationship between identity, freedom, and the security of citizens, as well as the way in which an awareness of identity relates to the normative foundations of societies and the international order.