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

Healthy Living on a Healthy Planet" is a critical and timely synthesis of priority transformations needed in governance, research, planning, and education at all scales, to promote the health and well-being of every individual, today and in the future, while simultaneously healing the damage from and preventing further climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Focusing on health promotion and equity can facilitate rediscovering the intrinsic interconnectedness of all life on earth; and promote effective approaches to increase the resilience and sustainability of people and nature.

Kristie L. Ebi, Professor, Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)
University of Washington, USA

It is becoming increasingly urgent to promote an integrated view of the close link between the environment and global health. We can no longer afford to think and treat these policy areas, which are central to our future, separately. The WBGU flagship report comes at the right time and offers real added value - on the one hand through a clear analyses of the challenges and on the other hand through concrete proposals for rethinking global health governance. Now it is time to act.

Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Digital Transformation of Health LAB, University of Geneva; Founder, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva; Chair, World Health Summit

The German Advisory Council on Global Change’s recent report, ‘Rethinking Land in the Anthropocene: from Separation to Integration’, makes it abundantly clear that we need a fundamental change in how we manage the land to limit climate change, reverse biodiversity loss and create sustainable food systems. Healthy land is finite, but changes in consumer and corporate behaviors, combined with better land use planning and management, can help meet the demand for essential goods and services without compromising land resources. This report presents a clear path toward climate change mitigation, ecosystem protection and food systems sustainability through better land management.

Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary der United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)