Belmont Forum

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The Belmont Forum, founded in 2009, is an association of funding organizations, international scientific organizations and regional associations that want to jointly advance and promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The German Members are the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). One of the tasks of the DKN is to advise on the participation of German funding institutions in the programs of the Belmont Forum.

The work of the Forum is guided by a document entitled "The Belmont Challenge". The members of the Forum cooperate to meet the challenges described there by promoting research topics of high international importance and issuing calls for "Collaborative Research Actions (CRA)". The focus is on international transdisciplinary research that generates knowledge for understanding and coping with global environmental change.

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Science Platform Sustainability 2030

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The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (wpn2030) provides an interface between science and policy to reflect on questions of sustainability policy and to support the further development and implementation of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS) with scientific expertise - for example in the context of the work on the transformation areas. The platform works independently and is systematically integrated into the official political steering, dialogue and implementation processes for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in, with and by Germany.

The wpn2030 is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The founding phase (May 2017 to June 2021) was followed by a status assessment and a reflection and strategy process (June 2021 to February 2023). Since March 2023, the wpn2030 aims to address the challenges of the transformation towards sustainability and to accompany the further development of the DNS with transformative research and co-design.

Scientific sponsors of the wpn2030 are the German Committee for Sustainability Research in Future Earth (DKN), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) and the Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS), represented by the respective co-chairs Prof. Daniela Jacob (DKN), Prof. Christa Liedtke (SDSN Germany) and Prof. Mark Lawrence (RIFS). The platform's institutional partners are the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), an institution of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy (WI) and the RIFS, which acts as the network's coordinating partner.

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SDSN Germany

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In order to intensify the exchange with societal actors on sustainability issues, the DKN entered into a strategic partnership with the German branch of the international "Sustainable Development Solutions Network" (SDSN Germany). This cooperation takes place as part of a close exchange and in particular in the joint support of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (wpn2030).

SDSN Germany was founded in 2014 by leading German knowledge centres and partners from civil society and the private sector as part of the global SDSN to promote sustainable development in the country and encourage Germany’s commitment to sustainable development in the European Union (EU) and around the world.

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