The Security & Sustainability Guide
Beyond Isolation – Towards Collaboration
The landscape of SDG-minded Organizations is fragmented.
Come here to learn about organizations working in your field!
In a complex era of many changes and challenges, we all live and work in organizational “silos”. This may be effective for some organizations to pursue their missions. But for many others, it is important to learn what similar “common interest” organizations are doing, which can lead to associations and networks, or more formal collaborations and partnerships.
The Security & Sustainability Guide identifies more than 2,500 organizations that are explicitly or implicitly working to achieve one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals regarding climate, oceans, forests, hunger, poverty, inequality, education, etc.
The SSG is a unique work in progress. We do not identify all important organizations working for a better world, but are continually adding more. This includes more than 300 associations concerns with climate, energy, oceans, etc., and more than 100 UN agencies such as UNEP, UNDP, IPCC, WHO, SDSN, etc. Building on this wealth of information, we are aiming to create a community of interorganizational learning and exchange among these organizations.
Security Organizations are concerned with human security, human rights, peacekeeping, conflict prevention, terrorism, nuclear issues, weapons, cyber-security, military organizations, etc.
Sustainability Organizations focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development, food security, water security, energy security, economic security, oceans, biodiversity, human population, green business and economics, etc.
The Security and Sustainability Guide is a Project of the World Academy for Art and Science.
Access to these hundreds of organizations is provided here in several ways:
- Our advanced keyword search function.
- A Genric Categories dashboard of 6 overarching categories and 20 sub-categories that we deem important and relevant.
- A Major Categories Index covering ~100 domains with 15 or more listings, showing the major fields within the system
- Our detailed Subject Index that categorizes organizations according to the field they are working on. It enables you to easily identify organization working in similar fields.
- A Geographic Focus Index that sorts Organizations based on where they carry out their work, not where they are based. This should help you to identify Organizations in working in certain geographic areas.
- An Organization Index of 2,500+ organizations. For those that prefer seeing the complete listing in index form and to explore the database without limiting results with keywords.
- A SDG Index (Beta Version for Notable Organizations) that shows organizations based on the SDGs they are consciously or subconsciously working towards. This categorization has been created through Natural Language Processing with the help of the Global Goals Directory.
- An Organization Type Index, that sorts Organizations according to what their primary vehicle of change is (What are they working with, rather what are they working on).
SSG Newslitter – February 2023
Welcome to SSG February NewsLitter, written by a news-wonk who is ever less certain about what he knows…let alone all he can not. December intentions for this second offering were to look at nuclear...
Report on Recent Reports #4, Winter 2022-2023
Polycrisis: Probable; Remedies: Possible A wide variety of organizations and individuals have recently warned of multiple global crises. Some have...
SSG Newslitter – December 2022
Welcome to the FIRST monthly SSG newslitter from the Security Principal. Yes ‘newslitter’. So much is happening, and at such pace, that the news each day is akin to wind-blown litter. And so much is...
Our goal is to highlight insights from important contributions to the public body of knowledge on the condition of our planet and humanity.
All of the organizations described in the S&S Guide are engaged in important and interesting activities related to security and/or sustainability. But some appear more important or interesting than others. The Guide tries to identify centers of expertise and leading-edge thought and action in all areas of security and sustainability. This is no easy matter, and opinions will surely differ as to which organizations deserve highlighting. Still, as an initial introduction to the organizations covered in the Guide, most of the following selections should be of interest to most users. Emphasis has been given to those organizations emphasizing security and sustainability, and/or taking a broad systems approach to global concerns.
Three Important Messages
The remarkable growth of Security and Sustainability organizations, with a median start-up date of 2002, is greatly under-appreciated by media and researchers; this is especially true for organizations supporting green business as a new type of capitalism.
Alliances, Coalitions & Networks
Formation of alliances, coalitions, consortia, and networks to overcome fragmented efforts is important; the Guide identifies 180+ such groups, and more are probably desirable.
View Networks »
Security + Sustainability
A small but growing group of organizations is linking both security and sustainability concerns realizing that we cannot have security without sustainability and vice versa.
Why Security & Sustainability? »