Digitalization has been accompanied by ever increasing energy and resource consumption, as well as global production and consumption patterns that place an even greater burden on ecosystems. Technical innovation surges do not automatically translate into sustainability transformations, but must be closely coupled with sustainability guidelines and policies.
The oceans are part of the common heritage of mankind and should, in the long term, be granted this status under international law. This would give them better protection and ensure that they are managed in a sustainable way.
Die Konferenz denkt die Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit und den digitalen Wandel zusammen und fragt, welche neuen Forschungsthemen sich aus dieser Verzahnung ergeben.
How can we make global development possible without compromising our natural life-support systems, and which forms of damage must be avoided? The WBGU defined "planetary guard rails" which help to keep such existential damage at bay. This short film explains the concept of guardrails.
Who We Are
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
Prof Dr Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1998-2006
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2010–2016)