30.04.2012 | General newsFuture Earth: Research Program for Global Sustainability
Will the present World Research Programs WCRP, IGBP, IHDP, DIVERSITAS and ESSC be replaced?
Future Earth is a new 10-year initiative which aims to deliver knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the coming decades. "Future Earth" will replace the existing World Programs IGBP, IHDP, Diversitas and ESSP. WCRP will become a partner. The core projects may be adopted, if they can contribute to the new vision.
The goals of the Initiative are:
- To deliver at global and regional scales the knowledge that societies need to effectively address global change while meeting economic and social goals, by answering the most pressing questions the world needs answered in the context of securing human development in an era of rapidly escalating global environmental risks;
- To coordinate and focus international scientific research in order to address the Grand Challenges arising from the ICSU-ISSC Visioning process and the Belmont Challenge in a fully integrated way;
- To engage a new generation of researchers in the social, economic, natural, health, and engineering sciences in global sustainability research.
Starting in June 2011, a Transition Team will guide the design phase and the early implementation of the Initiative until a new governing body is appointed by the end of 2012. The Initiative will be announced in two stages in 2012- at the Planet Under Pressure conference in March and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June.
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