Notable Organizations

The Security and Sustainability Guide

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.

 

 

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Abolition 2000 (1995; Utrecht; Netherlands; abolition2000.org). A global network of >2000 organizations in > 90 countries working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework. The Global...
Alliance to Save Energy (1977; Washington; 16 staff; ase.org) A bipartisan non-profit alliance composed of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy productivity to achieve economic growth, a...
American Security Project (2007; Washington; 4 staff, ~60 Fellows; americansecurityproject.org) A "nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in...
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (1852, Reston, VA, 250 staff; asce.org) Represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineers in 177 countries. It's committed to planning, designing, constructing, and...
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (2006; Philadelphia; 18 staff; aashe.org) It seeks to “empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation” by enabling institutions “to model...
The BlueGreen Alliance (2006; Minneapolis, San Francisco, Washington; 33 staff; bluegreenalliance.org) A coalition of America’s largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to solve today’s environmental challenges in...
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (2005; Rio de Janeiro; ~170 staff; www.c40.org) A global network of large mega cities taking action to address climate change by developing and implementing policies...
Cascade Institute (2020, Royal Roads University, Victoria BC, 10 staff, cascadeinstitute.org) Founded by Thomas Homer Dixon based on the fact that "humanity now occupies or exploits most of Earth’s productive...
Center for Climate and Security (2011; Washington; 36 staff; climateandsecurity.org) This non-partisan institute is part of the Council on Strategic Risks.It's vision is to create  “a climate-resilient world…which recognizes that...
Chicago Council on Global Affairs (1922; Chicago; 80+ staff and fellows; thechicagocouncil.org ) This independent, nonpartisan membership organization provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global...
Clean Cooking Alliance (2010; Washington; 33 staff; cleancookingalliance.org) A network of global partners working to create a thriving global market for cleaner, more modern household cooking solutions. Tries to solve...
Clean Energy Ministerial (2009; Paris; 9 staff; cleanenergyministerial.org) A global forum striving to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and...
Client Earth (2007; London; ~170 staff; clientearth.org) A non-profit environmental law group pressing "for strong action from governments, shifting financial flows, changing markets, trade, and business practices" to protect people...
Climate Impact Lab (Chicago; 40 staff and associates; impactlab.org ) A  collaboration of 30 climate scientists, economists, computational experts, researchers, analysts, and students from some of the nation’s leading research...
Club of Rome (1968; Winterthur, Switzerland; ~100 members; clubofrome.org) An informal association of ~100 invited Members, independent leading personalities from politics, business, and science. They are interested in contributing in...
Desert Research Institute(1959; Reno, Las Vegas, Boulder City, Storm Peak; ~500 staff; dri.edu) The Desert Research Insitute is a major research organization, "investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental...
Drawdown Project (2014, Sausalito CA; 7 staff; drawdown.org) A project based on the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by project director Paul...
Earth Charter Initiative(1994; San Jose, Costa Rica; 5 secretariat staff, 17 fellows; earthcharterinaction.org) It consists of individuals and organizations that predominantly act independently and occasionally collaborate. It is comprised of...
Earth Institute (1995; Columbia University, New York; earthinstitute.columbia.edu) A research institute that was founded to advance the basic understanding of earth science and apply that knowledge to decisions made by...
Earth System Governance Project(2008; Utrecht University; ~4 staff; 300+ members; earthsystemgovernance.org) A global research alliance exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions...
  Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (2002; Oslo; 31 staff, 40 board members; eiti.org) A global standard guided by the belief that a country’s natural resources belong to its citizens, to...
Forest Stewardship Council International (2003; Bonn; orig. 1994 in Mexico; 76 secretariat staff; ic.fsc.org/en) A platform for forest owners, timber industries, social groups and environmental organizations to promotes environmentally appropriate,...
Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (1993; Quito; 14 staff; ffla.net) It promotes a culture of collaborative dialogue between multiple stakeholders and sectors to encourage the search for innovative solutions. It also looks...
Future Earth (2012; Paris; ~50 staff; futureearth.org) A global research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. The organization is rooted in the work of...
German Advisory Council on Global Change (1992; Berlin; 12 secretariat staff; wbgu.de) Formally the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung: Global Umweltverandereungen, the WBGU is an independent, scientific advisory body set up...
German Development Institute (1964; Bonn; 142 staff; die-gdi.de) An interdisciplinary research and policy advisory organization that supports a global public welfare policy geared towards the concept of sustainable development through...
Global Challenges Foundation
Global Challenges Foundation (2012; Stockholm; 9 staff; globalchallenges.org) Aims to reduce the main global challenges and risks that threaten humanity. Their work is based on the risk analysis ideas central...
Global Compact Cities Programme (2003; RMIT University, Melbourne; ~80 staff and interns; citiesprogramme.org) The urban component of the United Nations Global Compact (GC), the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. The...
Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere (2013; Royal Swedish Academy, Stockholm; 16 staff; gedb.se) A research project funded by the Family Erling-Persson Foundation, to address the economic dynamics of global...
Global Governance Institute (2010; Brussels; 38 staff; globalgovernance.eu) An independent, non-profit think tank that brings together policy-makers, scholars, and practitioners from the world’s leading institutions in order to devise, strengthen...
Global Green Growth Institute (2010; Seoul; ~240 staff; gggi.org) Seeks integration of economic growth and environmental sustainability, seen as essential for the future of humankind. Promotes a new model of...
Great Transition Initiative(2003; Boston/Tellus Institute; 8 executive staff, 270+ contributors; gtinitiative.org) The initiative is an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies,...
Green Cross International (1993; Geneva; 3 staff in HQ, ~200 staff worldwide; gcint.org) An international organization that responds to challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable...
Greenpeace International(1972; Amsterdam; 2500+ staff; greenpeace.org) The best-known environmental activist group in the world, bases its work on the belief that the "fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions....
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies(2009, Potsdam; ~200 staff; iass-potsdam.de) A multidisciplinary research institute, which aims “to develop transformative knowledge which is needed to pave the way towards sustainable societies through...
Institute for Future Initiatives (2019; Tokyo; 26 staff; ifi.u-tokyo.ac.jp) Is an organization integrated by the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) and UTIAS Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S). It...
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1988; Geneva; 50 working group staff, 46 bureau members; ipcc.ch) The Intergovernmental Panel was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological...
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services(2012; Bonn; ~73 staff; ipbes.net) An independent intergovernmental body that aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and for...
International Association for the Study of the Commons (1989; Utrecht University and Bloomington IN; 24 officers and associates; www.iasc-commons.org) The IASC is devoted to bringing together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and...
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2007; Geneva; 10 staff; www.icanw.org) Encourages people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate and support negotiations for a...
International Energy Agency (1974; Paris; 240 staff; iea.org) An autonomous body within the OECD framework, seeking “to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy” for all. The International Energy Agency examines...
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (1972; Vienna; 300+ researchers, 100+ support staff; iiasa.ac.at) An independent, international research institute with National Member Organizations in 22 countries in Africa, the Americas,...
International Institute for Strategic Studies (1958; London + Bahrain, Singapore, Washington; ~60 staff; iiss.org) A non-partisan institute to advance a wider understanding of critical 21st century security issues and their...
International Institute for Sustainable Development (1990; Winnipeg Manitoba, Ottawa, New York, Geneva; ~120 staff; iisd.org ) An independent think tank championing sustainable development solutions to 21st-century problems.  Their goal is...
International Resource Panel (2007; Paris UNEP, unep.org/resourcepanel) A group of about 40 scientists skilled in sustainable resource management issues, and governments from both developed and developing regions, as well as...
International Union for Conservation of Nature (1948; Gland, Switzerland + 45 local offices; >1000 staff; iucn.org) “The world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization,” and “the largest professional global conservation...
Joint Research Centre (1958; EC, Brussels; ~3000 staff; ec.europa.eu/jrc) The JRC is the European Commission's in-house science and knowledge service and advisory with six locations in five European Union countries...
The Millennium Project (1996; Washington; 10 staff, 60 associates; millennium-project.org) An independent non-profit “global participatory think tank” of futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers” that collects and assesses judgments...
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (1961; Paris; ~2,500 staff; oecd.org) The OECD is arguably the world’s largest think tank produces 250+ reports per year on ‘what works’ and databases...
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Oxford Research Group (1982; London; 12 staff; oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk) It is “an independent peace and security think-and-action-tank” working on “pioneering new, more strategic and sustainable approaches to security and peace-building.” It...
Pacific Institute (1987; Oakland CA; 25 staff; pacinst.org) A "global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts to develop...
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (1992; Potsdam, Germany; ~300 staff; pik-potsdam.de) A non-profit organization funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Brandenburg. “PIK” addresses...
Rocky Mountain Institute(1982; Basalt and Boulder CO, Washington, NYC, Beijing; ~190 staff; rmi.org) An independent nonprofit that encourages efficient and restorative use of resources. Aims to transform global energy use...
Small Arms Survey (1999; Geneva, Washington; ~50 staff; smallarmssurvey.org) The principal international source of public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence, serving as a resource for...
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI (1966; Stockholm; ~200 staff; www.sipri.org). An "independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. They provide data, analysis and...
Stockholm Resilience Centre (2007; Stockholm; 150 staff; stockholmresilience.org) A world-leading science center for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity. Their vision is “a world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed...
Sustainability Transitions Research Network (2009; Utrecht; www.transitionsnetwork.org) An independent, research network of more than 1,500+ international scholars interested in sustainability transitions. Sustainability transitions are long-term transformation processes of established industries,...
Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (2011; San Francisco; 35 staff; www.sasb.org) An organization that envisions an investment universe where a shared understanding of companies’ sustainability performance enables companies and investors to...
Transparency International (1993; Berlin; 10 managing secretaries; www.transparency.org ) Corruption is a major barrier to security and sustainability. This global movement shares one vision: a world in which government, business,...
UN Environment Programme (1972; Nairobi; ~2380 staff; unep.org) The "leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development...
UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2012; New York, Paris, New Delhi; 32 staff; unsdsn.org) SDSN seeks to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector...
UNEP Finance Initiative (1992, Geneva; ~30 staff; unepfi.org) A platform associating the UN and the financial sector globally “to bring about systemic change in finance to support a sustainable world”....
US Global Change Research Program (1989; Washington; 27 staff; globalchange.gov) The USGCRP is "mandated by Congress to coordinate Federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment,...
Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (2010; Japan; 5 staff; www.wavespartnership.org) WAVES is a global partnership launched in Nagoya, Japan, aiming to promote “genuine green growth and long-term advances...
Wilson Center (1968; Washington; ~150 staff; wilsoncenter.org) Also known as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars this globally engaged research institution has been founded as the official memorial to...
World Bank  (1944, Washington; 10,000 Staff; worldbank.org) Also known as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank has 188 Member Countries. It is a "unique global...
World Economic Forum (1971; Davos, Geneva; 400 staff; www.weforum.org). The economic forum is committed "to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of...
World Wildlife Fund(1961; Washington, Gland, Switzerland; 70 experts; wwf.panda.org; worldwildlife.org). It's one of the “world’s leading conservation organization,” best known for its panda logo. Their mission is to “conserve nature...
Worldwatch Institute (1974; Washington; 23 staff; worldwatch.org) This independent research institute offers an abundant amount of fact-based analysis and publications on critical global issues. Their mission is “to accelerate the...