Kofi Annan probably does not realize how deep idea it was. The Reference Frame is going to celebrate the International Year of the Big Desert Scenario.
Figure 1: Reflections of the Big Desert in a knitted Calabi-Yau manifold.
What does it mean? It means that every comment about high energy physics that you will post here in 2006 should assume that there is the Standard Model (probably the supersymmetric one) below the TeV scale; then nothing for nearly 14 decades - in other words, the Big Desert; and then you hit the GUT scale or the string scale slightly beneath the Planck scale.
If you have any alternatives, please introduce them modestly or keep them for 2007 which is the International Year when the LHC should be activated. ;-)