Our vision

The vision of Future Earth is for people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world.

This requires contributions from a new type of science that links disciplines, knowledge systems and societal partners to support a more agile global innovation system.

Future Earth is a global research platform designed to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. Future Earth seeks to build and connect knowledge to increase the impact of research in diverse contexts, to explore new development paths, and to find new ways to accelerate transitions to sustainable development.

Future Earth will contribute to achieving goals on global sustainable development, as called for at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and subsequently articulated under the auspices of the UN General Assembly.

Future Earth will work with partners in society to co-develop the knowledge needed to support decision-makers and societal change at all scales and in diverse contexts, by focusing on three Research Themes – Dynamic planet, Global sustainable development and Transformations towards sustainability.

This document outlines what Future Earth needs to contribute to achieve its vision by 2025.