Annual Reports

Program on Global
Security & Sustainability

With grantmaking in approximately 60 countries, the MacArthur Foundation is truly an international philanthropic organization. Through its international grantmaking, MacArthur supports efforts to encourage peace within and among countries, conserve global biological diversity, reduce maternal mortality and support responsible reproductive choices, protect human rights, and foster cooperation on global migration. A look at 2009 reveals the scope of MacArthur's global reach.

In March, MacArthur launched a new initiative to strengthen the new African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and regional community courts in Africa, and to hold states accountable when their justice systems are too fragile or corrupt to address violations.

In April 2009, President Obama's speech on nuclear security drew heavily on ideas advanced by MacArthur grantees, including the need for deeper reductions in nuclear weapons, stronger international commitment to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation, and action to prevent terrorist acquisition of nuclear bomb materials worldwide.

MacArthur launched the Asia Security Initiative in Singapore in May 2009. The event brought together more than 30 institutions constituting a research network that is strengthening regional security cooperation and building collaborative responses to transnational challenges.

In June, MacArthur initiated 10 new Master's in Development Practice programs at universities worldwide. The programs will equip the next generation of development practitioners with skills in natural, health, and social sciences, as well as in management, to address the world's toughest challenges, including extreme poverty and scarcities.

In July 2009, President Obama delivered remarks at the U.S.–Russia Civil Society Summit attended by more than a dozen MacArthur grantees, including representatives of Russian human rights groups.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, an international gathering in Berlin in September reaffirmed commitments to reproductive health, including meeting Millennium Development Goal 5, which targets improving maternal health.

In December 2009, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met to negotiate a global strategy for mitigating and adapting to human-induced climate change. While a binding agreement was not reached, the meeting produced consensus that forests play a critical role in reducing greenhouse gases globally. For two decades MacArthur has supported efforts to decrease the production of greenhouse gases by minimizing global deforestation.

Migration was the central theme of the 2009 UN Human Development Report, Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development. MacArthur grantees contributed to the report, which proposed wide-ranging reforms to migration policies to increase people's freedom and strengthen human development.