Stakeholder Forum is a not-for-profit international organisation working to advance sustainable development at all levels. Our work aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory decision-making and governance on sustainable development through enhancing the involvement of all stakeholders. We focus particularly on the effective engagement of stakeholders with international policy processes.

Stakeholder Forum seeks to provide a bridge between those who have a stake in sustainable development, and the international forums where decisions are made in their name. To this end, we work with a diversity of stakeholders globally on international policy development and advocacy; stakeholder engagement and consultation; media and communications, and capacity building – all with the ultimate objective of promoting progressive outcomes on sustainable development through an open and participatory approach.

Stakeholder Forum was founded in 1987 as UNED UK Committee (United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee) operating at that time as the National Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme in the UK.  After gaining consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1996, the organization was rebranded as Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future in 2000 to reflect the broad range of activities that the organization was undertaking in the UK, and internationally.  While we handed over our role in UK stakeholder engagement to UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development  (UKSSD), which SF co-founded in 2017, we continue to work closely with UNEP under an ongoing MOU to promote stakeholder engagement and capacity building around the world.

The organisation played a key role in the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and the 2012 Earth Summit (www.earthsummit2012.org) and was active in the following years during the consultations around and adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda in 2015. Stakeholder Forum has been and continues to be the leading organisation in developing and facilitating global multi-stakeholder processes on sustainable development.

In December 2017, Stakeholder Forum formed a partnership with the Earth System Governance Foundation to strengthen understanding of transformative governance for sustainability through integrating scientific research and multi-stakeholder advocacy. The Partnership strengthens the evidence base of the multi-stakeholder processes facilitated by Stakeholder Forum, and the impact of the novel policy solutions that are developed by researchers from the Earth System Governance Project. It focuses on better governance that is needed to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across scales and across policy areas.

As a long-time partner of The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – UNDESA, SF regularly supports its activities. In 2018 and 2019 we contributed to expert meetings held by the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development, in cooperation with the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination, exploring lessons learned from the first cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in advance of preparing for the two 2019 HLPF meetings.

One outcome of that collaboration is the recent (September 2019) Global Forum for National SDG Advisory Bodies, developed in partnership with the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, and UNDESA. It aims to support National Councils for Sustainable Development and similar multi-stakeholder bodies in their efforts to deliver the 2030 Agenda. Another notable current SF project is the Global Partnership for Ocean Wave Energy Technology, a sustainable development innovation multi-stakeholder partnership aimed at transforming the energy supply of small island developing states (SIDS) and other coastal communities with utility-level electrical power generation from ocean waves.

How we operate: Stakeholder Forum is incorporated in the United Kingdom (England), the United States (New York), and The Netherlands. We work with consultants and advisors from around the world to deliver its project work. That work, conducted on a not-for-profit basis, is funded by grants and contractual agreements from governments, United Nations agencies, foundations, and international financial institutions.