The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability, “The Alliance”, is an informal international partnership based on a shared commitment to make full use of the potential of science and technology to inform equitable, sustainable solutions to the most pressing questions currently confronting humankind. The Alliance members will fulfill this commitment through promoting interdisciplinary research and facilitating partnerships between the scientific community, political bodies, business sector and civil society, referred to as the four Alliance pillars.
It operates as an informal body composed of the following organizations:
- the Belmont Forum and International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA)
- the International Council for science (ICSU)
- the International Social Science Council (ISSC)
- the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- the United Nations University (UNU)
- the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, observer)
Besides a core membership, the Alliance will reach out to a wider, multi-stakeholder community by regularly convening an Alliance Forum. The Forum will serve as a “sounding board” for the Alliance, as well as a platform to mobilise support for high priority solutions-oriented research by Future Earth, the Alliance’s flagship initiative. The Forum will bring together leaders from a variety of sectors: policy and business, civil society, international development cooperation, foundations and philanthropy.
Information about each of the Alliance members is provided below:
The Belmont Forum and International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA) : The Belmont Forum is the Council of Principals for the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA). It is a group of key environment and geosciences funding agencies that collaborate in order to support Global Environmental Change Research. The Belmont Forum works proactively and on an action-oriented basis to improve the co-design, co-alignment, and co-funding of major global change research programs. It coordinates funding agencies to ensure that initiatives affiliated with the Alliance are well-supported.
The International Council for Science (ICSU): The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions. The long-term strategic vision of ICSU is a world where science is used for the benefit of all, excellence in science is valued and scientific knowledge is effectively linked to policy making. ICSU is a member of the Alliance in order to promote international sustainability research and connect this research with policy.
The International Social Science Council (ISSC): The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is the primary body representing the social, behavioural and economic sciences at a global level. Established by UNESCO in 1952, ISSC today is an independent non-governmental membership-based organisation. ISSC's main objective is to increase the production and use of social science knowledge in all parts of the world in order to help address global priority problems. In a coordinating role the ISSC brings together a variety of stakeholders - researchers, scholars, funders, decision- and policy-makers - across the globe to work to impact the world we live in. The ISSC fosters the Alliance's engagement with social science excellence on a global scale.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP’s participation in the Alliance allows it to promote and implement environmental stewardship initiatives.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication, and information. UNESCO fosters the Alliance's engagement with science, culture, and governmental communities.
The United Nations University (UNU): The mission of the United Nations University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, dissemination, and advisory services, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare. Its expertise makes it a key player in fulfilling the goals of the Alliance to support interdisciplinary sustainability research, communicate the importance of global change research, and serve as a leading authority on solutions to international sustainability issues.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO): The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources. The WMO acts as an observer of the Alliance, and provides expertise on global weather, climate, and water issues.