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Future Earth’s Governance Transition

Future Earth, the world’s largest community of sustainability scientists, has been operational for over six years. In that time, the urgency of our work has only increased, and it is now time to position this global organization to achieve the next level of impact. 

Future Earth is making a bold shift to become a more inclusive, accessible, transparent, and transformative organization, promoting sustainability science globally, nationally, and locally.  

The first step in this transition was to create opportunities for more countries and regions around the world to play an integral part in Future Earth operations by joining and leading the Future Earth Global Secretariat. The first round of applications are under review and the Future Earth Global Secretariat hubs will be announced shortly.

At the same time, we have worked together to improve our governance structures to increase transparency and to better represent the global community of sustainability scientists we serve in the bodies that shape direction for our organization. By the end of 2021, the new, simplified governance structure, consisting of an Assembly and a Governing Council will be in place.  

Moving forward, the entire Future Earth Community will have a voice and representation in this new structure to set priorities, strategic directions and elect the Governing Council. The Governing Council will prioritize ideas and activities and enable the expanded Global Secretariat to serve the community and carry out actions to help Future Earth reach its goals and fulfill its mission.

The Future Earth Assembly will gather for the first time online, on 29 and 30 September 2021 to elect the new Governing Council. 

For more information, please consult this document.

Assembly and Governing Council Terms of Reference
Assembly and Governing Council Terms of Reference