Future Earth

Future Earth is a global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth was launched in June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).


A new globally distributed Secretariat began operations in January 2015. The Secretariat was selected following an open competition by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, and has global hubs located in:

  • Canada (Montreal)
  • France (Paris)
  • Japan (Tokyo)
  • Sweden (Stockholm)
  • the United States (Colorado)


which function together as a single entity.

These offices are complemented by a set of regional hubs which today cover the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. These regional structures are also being developed to ensure broader geographical representation and global diversity in the running of Future Earth.


Future Earth mission

The work of Future Earth aims to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards global sustainability in the coming decades. The success of Future Earth will therefore depend on active collaboration between nations, disciplines, programmes, researchers and stakeholders to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science.

Projects related to global environmental change (GEC) issues

Bringing together and in partnership with existing GEC programmes, Future Earth will coordinate new inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to international research on three themes:

  • Dynamic Planet
  • Global Sustainable Development
  • Transformations towards Sustainability


New initiatives are being started, and a formal process for the transition of existing GEC projects into Future Earth is underway. Thereby, the initiative Future Earth builds on more than two decades of successful international science collaboration in four GEC programmes:

  • The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
  • The International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)
  • The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

Some further projects arose out of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).


More details about the individual projects can be found on the Future Earth website.

How to get involved in Future Earth projects



News about Future Earth can be found on the Future Earth website, blog, Facebook page and on Twitter, and you are welcome to share your own thoughts and comments with the Future Earth and the wider community via these platforms.


Furthermore, scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law are welcome to get involved with Future Earth.


SSEESS collaborates closely with the Future Earth programme, primarily to engage Swedish researchers and stakeholders as much as possible in the programme and its results. Read more about SSEESS and Future Earth.