Who We Are

Science for a sustainable future

Global sustainability is a key issue for the future. It is therefore also a scientific issue. The societal search processes aimed at reaching this goal require concepts that are independent of vested interests, methodologically systematic, and provide long-term projections. This is why the WBGU compiles scientific analyses, develops concepts, and proposes solutions for global sustainability. This is why our thinking is systemic, our work independent and interdisciplinary. This is why through dialogue with policy-makers, society and international organizations, we seek to uncover ways of achieving the Great Transformation.


Voices to Our Reports

The reports of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) are an indispensable reference and resource on global environmental change policies. Every scientist, decision-maker and institution concerned with the pressing issue of environment and development should have them.

Prof Dr Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1998-2006 

The new WBGU-Study „A Social Contract for Sustainability” appears at a time in which people around the world are increasingly committed to creating a future that is both sustainable and climate-safe. The study shows that such a future will only be possible if governments, business and civil society collectively set the right course, making the most of regional, national and global cooperation. An important call to cross-cutting integrated action, the book deserves wide recognition.

Christiana Figueres
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2010–2016)