Stakeholder Forum and Earth System Governance Project establish Governance for Global Sustainability Partnership

The Earth System Governance Project and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future are very pleased to announce that they have joined forces in a global partnership to jointly work towards better governance for global sustainability.

The aim of the new partnership is to strengthen understanding of transformative governance for sustainability through integrating scientific research and multi-stakeholder advocacy.

The Partnership will strengthen the evidence base of the multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by Stakeholder Forum, and the impact of the novel policy solutions that are developed by researchers from the Earth System Governance Project. The partnership will systematically connect scientists and stakeholders who work on sustainable development policy analysis, and allow for increased and more effective engagement of both communities with international negotiations and national policy implementation.

The new global partnership will focus on better governance that is needed to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across scales and across policy areas. In particular, we focus on Sustainable Development Goal 16 (“Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”) and Sustainable Development Goal 17 (“Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”).

Through the new partnership, the different demands placed on both partners by their institutional and funding contexts will be optimized through the respective strengths of the other partner. This puts the new partnership in an excellent position to serve both the research and the stakeholder communities on governance for sustainability.

A new work plan of Stakeholder Forum will be aligned with the research agenda of the Earth System Governance Project. The management of the partnership will be integrated into the Earth System Governance International Project Office.

About the Partners

The Earth System Governance Project is the largest global research network in the area of governance and global environmental change ( The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with global environmental change and sustainability.

Stakeholder Forum is an international non-governmental organization working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level ( It aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory international decision-making on sustainable development through enhancing the involvement of stakeholders in intergovernmental processes.

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