The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability is responsible for establishing Future Earth and will promote and support its development as the programme’s sponsors. Its members consist of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), 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), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as an observer. Future Earth is led by a Governing Council, and supported by two advisory bodies: an engagement committee and a science committee.
The Governing Council and its subsidiary bodies will, as appropriate, involve representatives from the full range of stakeholder communities (academia, funders, governments, international organisations and science assessments, development groups, business and industry, civil society, and the media).
The Governing Council is the ultimate decision-making body and is responsible for setting Future Earth’s strategic direction and policies. 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 society needs. The Executive Secretariat will perform the day-to-day management of Future Earth, ensuring the coordination across themes, projects, regions and committees, and liaising with key stakeholders. It is expected that the secretariat will be regionally distributed. The development of National Future Earth committees will also be actively encouraged.