Related Initiatives


Future Earth and Global Change Program Partners

Future Earth:  International Research Platform sponsored by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization

ESSP: Earth System Science Partnership (CLOSED)
DIVERSITAS: an international programme of biodiversity science (CLOSED)
IGBP: International Geosphere – Biosphere Programme
IHDP: International Human Dimensions Programme (CLOSED)
START: Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training
WCRP: World Climate Research Programme

Global Change Core Projects

ecoHEALTH Alliance
ESG: Earth System Governance Project
GECHS: Global Environmental Change and Human Security
GLP:Global Land Project (co-sponsored with IGBP)
GWSP: Global Water System Project
IGAC: International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project
IHOPE: Integrated History and Future of People on Earth Project
IRG: Integrated Risk Governance Project
Future Earth Coasts (Formerly LOICZ: Land – Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone)


ASU GIOS: Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
Global Cities RMIT Research Institute
IAI: Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
IIED: International Institute for Environment and Development
IIHS: Indian Institute for Human Settlements
ISET: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International
Stockholm Environment Institute
UNU-Institute for Advanced Studies

Sustainable Development Networks and Organizations

ADPC: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Communitas: Coalition for Sustainable Cities & Regions in the New UN Development Agenda
GURC: Global Urban Research Centre at the University of Manchester, U.K.
Mistra Urban Futures
Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre
SDI: Slum and Shack Dwellers International
SFI: Santa Fe Institute
Tyndall Centre Cities and Coasts Programme
UN-HABITAT Sustainable Development Network (SUD-net)|
Urban SDG: Urban Sustainable Development Goal
WHO – Healthy Cities: a programme of the World Health Organization
World Urban Campaign

Intergovernmental Organizations and Funding Networks

Belmont Forum
IFC: International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group member)
IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
LWEC: Living with Environmental Change
UNEP: United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO/MAB: UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme
UN HABITAT:United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UN Population Division: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

City Networks and Initiatives

Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities initiative
C40: Cities Climate Leadership Group
Cities Alliance: a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction
ICLEI: International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – Local Governments for Sustainability
World Bank Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative
Metropolis: The world association of major metropolises
SETIS: European Initiative on Smart Cities

Research Centers and Networks

ACCCRN: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network
APN: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
DCDC: Decision Center for a Desert City
ELLA: Evidence and Learning from Latin American Cities
NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research
Resilience Alliance: Research on resilience in social-ecological systems – a basis for sustainability
UCCRN: Urban Climate Change Research Network
URBES: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) URBES for Cities and Biodiversity
Seto LAB: Urbanization and Global Change Group
TWAS: The academy of sciences for the developing world (originally named “Third World Academy of Sciences”)
UREx SRN: Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network

Other Projects

100 Cities Project
Contact: Lela Prashad
BES-LTER: Baltimore Ecosystem Study – Long Term Ecological Research Project
Contact: Steward T.A. Pickett
CAP-LTER: Central Arizona – Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research Project
Contacts: Marcia Nation
Contact: Stephan Pauleit
URBES: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Project
Contact: Thomas Elmqvist