Future Earth harnesses the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. This global community is spread over a series of networks and governing and advisory bodies.

Governing Council

The Governing Council of Future Earth is composed of the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), the International Science Council (ISC), the World Meteorological Organization, and the STS forum.


The day-to-day operations of Future Earth are carried out by the Secretariat, which is based in five Global Hubs and in four Regional Centers and Offices. The Global Hubs are located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the USA (Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, and Fairfax, Virginia). The Regional Centers and Offices are located in Africa (South Africa), Asia (Japan), the Middle East and North Africa (Cyprus), and South Asia (India).

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee guides Future Earth to ensure that the research is of the highest quality and is targeted to advance the global sustainability agenda. It also aids the organization in forming the links between science and society that are critical for transforming research into action. The Advisory Committee is led by co-chairs Leena Srivastava and Johan Rockström.

Future Earth Secretariat is led by the Executive Director, an Executive Team of Global Hub Directors, and Directors of Regional Centers and Offices.

Josh Tewksbury
Fumiko Kasuga
Hein Mallee
Manfred A. Lange
Michael Nxumalo
Sandrine Paillard
S.K. Satheesh
Wendy Broadgate
Eliane Ubalijoro

Connecting the Dots

Our organisation is rooted in the work of 20 Global Research Projects. These networks have a long history, in some cases stretching back decades, of generating research at the forefront of sustainability science. They played a critical role in forming the field of Earth system science – which considers how all of the parts of the planet, including human societies, connect to and shape each other. Our Global Research Projects also led in defining the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the geologic history of Earth marked by the influence of humans on the planet.

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Strength in Networks

We experiment in generating new ideas, innovations, and collaborations. In that vein, we are working with tech companies to develop new approaches to reducing carbon emissions. We also foster networks of early career researchers and other innovators, encouraging new ways of thinking about how sustainability research and practice gets done.

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