Global challenges demand global co-operation. No single entity will be able to develop and implement the perfect solution to the world's greatest challenges. In line with this principle, a key aspect of our work is to gather diverse actors and assist collaborative efforts to: Explore new decision-making models that better address global catastrophic risks, paying particular attention to their effectiveness, fairness, and implementability. Offer original analysis and summarise existing knowledge in the field. Foster demand for change among institutions and the public.

In focus

Earth commission

Earth commission

Earth commission website
International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group

ICG website
Plataforma CIPÓ

Plataforma CIPÓ

CIPÓ website

Current collaborations

Climate Change Counsel

Climate Change Counsel is a think-and-do-tank committed to accelerating climate change solutions through law. Its purpose is to provide research and insight on the legal frameworks related to climate change and energy transition. Additionally they engage and mobilise commercial lawyers in the fight against climate change.

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) 

CEEW is one of Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. The Council is also consistently ranked among the world’s top climate change think tanks.

Democracy Without Borders (DWB)

DWB promotes a right to democracy at all levels, global institutions that are democratic and effective, and equal global citizenship.

Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), United Nations

EOSG was established initially in 1946 to assist the Secretary-General with relations with members and organs of the United Nations, and with specialised agencies and non-governmental organisations, as well as to assist with policy and coordination of the Secretariat.

Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)

FOGGS is a think-and-do tank, serving at the same time as research and ideas-generation centre, discussion forum and advocacy mechanism. 

Global Governance Forum (GGF)

GGF promotes global governance to achieve unprecedented measures of prosperity, health, education, peace and justice.

High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB), United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNUCPR)

HLAB was established to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda – including the centrality of women and girls, and the need to take into account the interests of young people and future generations – to make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues. 

Institute for Future Studies (IFFS)

IFFS is an independent research foundation that promotes future perspectives in research and public debate.

International Peace Institute (IPI)

IPI is an independent, international not-for-profit think tank dedicated to managing risk and building resilience to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. To achieve its purpose, IPI employs a mix of policy research, strategic analysis, publishing, and convening. 

Present and Future Institute (PFI)

PFI works with action-oriented States and a myriad of stakeholders to amplify their engagement in multilateral processes to advance sustainable development, the protection of safe and just boundaries of the Earth System, and strengthen global governance, including at the UN, to secure human welfare and prosperity for all, in the present and future.

Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)

SSE is an academic hub for students and researchers from all over the world. SSE has been ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe by the Financial Times.

Sustainable Finance Lab 

Sustainable Finance Lab is a transdisciplinary research center established to transform financial markets and to enhance the sustainable development of society. 

Earlier collaborations

Future collaborations

The Global Challenges Foundation works to contribute to increased knowledge and awareness about global catastrophic risks and promote development of improved global governance to prevent the most severe and most pressing threats to humanity.

The Global Challenges Foundation provides funding for projects that:

  • facilitate changes in global governance necessary to mitigate global catastrophic risks
  • foster a demand for change and generate plausible alternatives

Only proposals that align with these aims and objectives are eligible for financial support. Only non-profit organisations are entitled to support. Decisions regarding the allocation of funds are made by the foundation’s secretariat and board, taking into account the amount and type of application. We regret that we are unable to provide detailed reasoning for why grant applications are rejected.

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