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The Cyprus Institute as the MENA Regional Hub for “Future Earth”

03 July, 2014

"Future Earth", one the most ambitious and most prestigious international programs of global sustainability, announced on 22nd July that the management of the program was entrusted to an international consortium in which CyI is a key participant, in charge of managing the "hub" for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.

‘Future Earth’ is a 10-year international research initiative aiming to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. It promotes the engagement of researchers across all fields of knowledge, policy-makers, businesses and civil society in the definition of research priorities and the production of knowledge that can effectively inform decisions and actions.

The initiative will have a new Secretariat with a unique and innovative structure that spans three continents. The program aims to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting the transformation towards global sustainability. Since challenges are global in scope, but regionally variable both socially and environmentally, Future Earth must work effectively at multiple scales.

After a thorough selection process, a consortium, forming the Central Secretariat has now been selected. A group of five Global Hubs comprising a single corporate entity, but being physically located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the United States (Boulder) together with initially four Regional Hubs covering Latin America, Europe, MENA and Asia will constitute the Future Earth Central Secretariat.

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) has been selected to manage the MENA Regional Hub, covering the Middle East and North Africa including the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf States. This choice constitutes a recognition of CyI’s regional leadership role and of its rising international prestige. The selection of CyI will bolster national, regional and global research partnerships and will allow scientists from the country to play a significant part in solving pressing environmental change issues.

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