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Future Earth Regional Structure
The Future Earth has a Secretariat consisting of five global hubs which function as a single entity, located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the United States (Colorado), together with a set of regional centres which today cover the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
The Secretariat, complemented by its Regional Centres, and through its globally distributed structure, will create a platform for dialogue between scholars and stakeholders at regional, national and local levels. These regional structures are central for Future Earth to ensure that its global agenda adequately addresses regional science priorities and end user needs. To achieve this, the Secretariat will support five core functions: coordination, communication and outreach, research enabling, capacity building, synthesis and foresight.
To enhance engagement by the regional and national actors, a three-fold regional structure has been designed as follows.
The role of Regional Committees is to be an effective advocate for Future Earth in their regions and to be an effective advocate for regional interests in the global Future Earth platform. The functions of the committee, once matured, are envisioned to include:
Initiating processes of co-design
Facilitating regional and international interactions
Fostering regional capacity building
Establishing regional structures or activities appropriate to the circumstances in the region.