The Future Earth Initial Design Report was compiled by the Future Earth Transition Team, and proposes a 10-year vision for integrated and solutions-oriented research to support transformations towards global sustainability. Its recommendations are now being taken forward by the Future Earth interim Secretariat.
The report sets out the initial design of , comprising a research framework and governance structure; preliminary reflections on communication and engagement, capacity-building and education strategies; and implementation guidelines.
The research agenda is structured around three central themes: dynamic planet, global development, and transformations towards sustainability. The report details the key research questions that will be addressed in each area. At its core lies a new partnership between science and society to co-design research priorities and co-produce knowledge.
The Transition Team also designed a unique governance structure. Led by a multi-stakeholder Governing Council – the ultimate decision-making body – a Science Committee and an Engagement Committee will guide the direction of Future Earth activities:
- The Science Committee will provide scientific guidance, ensure scientific quality and guide the development of new projects.
- The Engagement Committee will provide leadership and strategic guidance on involving stakeholders throughout the entire research process from co-design to dissemination, ensuring that Future Earth produces the knowledge that society needs.