Earth System Governance - a global research alliance, is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanism to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The normative context of this research is sustainable development; earth system governance is not only a question of insitutional effectiveness, but also of political legitimacy and social justice.
At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20"), the UN member states decided on developing "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDG). The goal setting and implementation processes, and the development of the goals and their indicators pose a challenge to policy-making and to research.
The Earth System Governance Project, jointly with partner organizations is taking up this challenge. The research on SDGs is coordinated by the Earth System Governance Tokyo Research Centre, which is co-organized by Tokyo Institute of Technology and United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), with funding from the S-11 research project entitled Project on Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST-2015) of the Ministry of Environment, Japan.
The aim of this 3-year project is to provide inputs into the policy process on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, with particular focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on rigorous scientific analysis on the governance of, and governenance for, the Post 2015 Development Agenda, which includes longer-term philosophical and normative underpinnings to SDGs.