• Lead-organizer: International Council for Science (ICSU)
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Date: 22 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

Johan Rockström, co-Chair of the Future Earth Transition Team, answers the following questions.
What is Future Earth?
What is new about this research?
What is next for Future Earth?
More information:
Enhancing science-policy links for Rio+20: The Future Earth Initiative

Organizing partners

International Council for Science (ICSU - Co-organising Partner, Scientific and Technological Community Major Group)
International Social Science Council (ISSC)
Belmont Forum of Funding Agencies


This side event will explore calls in the Rio+20 outcome document to improve science-policy links, and to develop a new mechanism for international scientific cooperation and collaboration on sustainable development. Speakers will introduce efforts by the scientific community to meet these demands, particularly through the major new initiative Future Earth – research for global sustainability.

Future Earth aims to deliver knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the coming decades. The event will encourage debate between scientists, policy-makers and civil society on what this initiative should provide, and how it should be structured to ensure that international science is truly collaborating with society and policy-makers, and providing the knowledge needed in the wake of Rio+20.

Future Earth is being established by a unique Alliance for global sustainability including researchers, funders and users of knowledge, comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of research funders, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) supportive, and actively involved in the establishment of Future Earth. Future Earth will build on the strengths of the current Global Environmental Change Programmes:Diversitas, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP.

Detailed programme

Event programme
13.00: Opening remarks – Yuan Tseh Lee, ICSU president
13.05: Future Earth presentation – Diana Liverman, co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, USA
Moderator: Steven Wilson, ICSU Executive Director
13.30: High level science-policy panel, with questions from the audience


Diana Liverman, Future Earth Transition Team co-Chair and co-Director, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, USA
Carlos Nobre, National Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil
Irina Bokova, Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Social Science Council (ISSC)
Christian Blondin, Director, Cabinet of the Secretary-General and External Relations Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Patrick Monfray, co-Chair Belmont Forum and Deputy Head, Environment and Biological Resources department, ANR, France
Tanya Abrahamse, Chief Executive Officer, South African Biodiversity Institute
Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK
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