4 December 2014 Last updated at 10:50 ET
By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News
Future Earth plans to focus on what are considered to be the most pressing issues facing the planet
A global initiative bringing together scientists across different disciplines has launched its strategy to identify key priorities for sustainability.
The document outlines what Future Earth, launched at the 2012 Rio +20 Summit, hopes to contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
It has identified eight global challenges, including “water, energy and food for all” and decarbonisation.
The strategy also focuses on the roles of policymakers and funding bodies.
“Future Earth is a global research platform aimed at connecting the world’s scientists across the regions and across disciplines to work on the problems of sustainable development and the solutions to move us towards sustainable development,” explained Future Earth science committee vice-chairwoman Belinda Reyers.
“It really is an unprecedented attempt to consult with scientists across the world as well as with important stakeholders and policymakers,” she told BBC News.
“It will consider what kind of science is needed in the medium-term to really move us towards more desirable futures.”
Dr Reyers – chief scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Stellenbosch, South Africa – said the strategy had been distilled down to eight “sustainability challenges”:
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