The Urban Knowledge-Action Network emerged from some of Future Earth’s greatest legacy projects, such as the Livable Urban Futures Cluster, the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change project (UGEC), the Global Carbon Project (GCP), the Integrated Risk Governance project (IRG), the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) and others.

Building on this strong legacy, the Urban Knowledge-Action Network furthers this work by building community and mobilizing science and research in support the implementation of global agendas and assessments such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), Aichi Targets, IPCC Global Climate Change Research Agenda and AR6, in cities to improve local impact on a global scale.