The newly established 10-year Future Earth research programme will provide an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on the risks posed by global environmental change and the opportunities to seize in transition to global sustainability. Future Earth aims to answer questions about how and why the global environment is changing, what are likely future changes, what are the implications for human well-being and that of other species, what choices can be made to reduce risks and vulnerabilities and enhance resilience, and how this knowledge can support decisions and sustainable development.
Future Earth was developed by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, which brings together the Belmont Forum, ICSU, the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations University with WMO as an observer. The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will continue as an independent programme, fully supporting Future Earth strategically and intellectually.
The call for bids to host the secretariat is open until 31 March.