About Us

The Institute for Global Futures Research (IGFR) was established in 1995 resulting from the UNCED Earth Summit II in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

The IGFR published the Global Futures Bulletin 1995-2001. The Global Futures Bulletin has now resumed publication, twice a month.

Following on from the recent UNCSD Rio +20 Earth Summit III, it was decided to utilise the Global Futures Bulletin as a vehicle for research and discussion on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the pivotal role of Global Civil Society in this process.

The Institute for Global Futures Research (IGFR) will assist in documenting all suggestions for SDGs to feed into the process.

The Global Futures Bulletin is currently being received by over 3600 NGOs and individuals worldwide, in over 88 countries, including:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D. R. Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, South Korea, Samoa, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Aland Islands, Greenland, Vatican City State.

Discussion and research on SDGs covers areas such as:

  1. Arms reduction and military contraction (including improved mechanisms for conflict resolution)
  2. Biodiversity and habitat (including oceans and rivers)
  3. Capacity building (including institutional capacity, technology transfer, new progress indicators, governance)
  4. Civil society empowerment and participation (including cultural development)
  5. Education and telecommunications / internet
  6. Food security (including hunger elimination, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, organic farming, land reform)
  7. Global warming stabilization and renewable energy
  8. Green economy (sustainable production and consumption, product life cycle  economic development and resilience)
  9. Health (including disease control, reproductive health, public health systems, preventative medicine)
  10. Population stabilization (including ZPG, environmental refugees)
  11. Poverty reduction (including access to basic services)
  12. Social justice (including human rights, equity, gender equity, democracy, transparency, accountability, social security, job security)
  13. Sustainable cities and pollution (including sustainable transport, carbon neutral buildings, air quality, toxic waste, zero waste)
  14. Water

All CSOs / NGOs and individuals are invited to participate in discussion and research into proposed SDGs and a Sustainable Development Goal Comprehensive Framework (SDG-CF).